Body identified after search for missing swimmer on Intracoastal Waterway, coroner’s office says

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MURRELLS INLET, SC (WBTW) – A body has been recovered, and identified after crews spent days searching for a missing swimmer on the Intracoastal Waterway, the coroner’s office says.

Horry County Coroner Robert Edge, says the drowning victim was recovered.

Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard identified the victim as 21-year-old Roger Latrell Wigfall of Pawleys Island. She says the cause of death was asphyxiation due to drowning. 

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Investigation and Recovery dive team recovered the body of a missing swimming around 8 p.m. on Monday, according to a release from SCDNR. The body of a 21-year-old Pawleys Island man was found near Wacca Wache Landing.

The area searched by crews ranged from about 5 feet to about 20 feet deep, SCDNR said. The incident remains under investigation.

Crews from Horry County Fire Rescue’s dive team, Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire and the SCDNR continued the search for the missing swimmer on Monday.

On Facebook, Horry County Fire Rescue said the department’s Marine Rescue/Dive Team responded to the call near mile marker 53 of the Intracoastal Waterway.

The call was dispatched by Horry County 911 around 5:40 p.m. Sunday.

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