Body found in search for teen who fell from boat a week ago near SC coast

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BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) — Authorities in Beaufort County Sunday afternoon found a female’s body near the Broad River Boat Landing.

Investigators say the clothing found on the body is similar to what Mallory Beach was wearing at the time she was ejected from a boat in Archer Creek a week ago.

More than 15 first responders and dozens of Good Samaritans joined in the week-long search for Beach. 

On Thursday alone, 11 boats, seven divers and a helicopter were all been involved in the search. 

Beach, 19, was riding with five friends in Archers Creek about 2 a.m. Sunday when the boat hit a piling.

Beach was thrown from the boat into the water. She quickly disappeared and hasn’t been seen since. 

South Carolina DNR officials, Parris Island Search and Rescue, as well as crews from the city of Beaufort and Beaufort County, have been flying over the scene and covering every creek and inlet looking for clues. 

Family and friends held a vigil at the site for several days holding out hope she may be found alive and well. 

The five other people in the boat were not seriously injured. 

DNR investigators are still looking into the accident. No charges have been filed. 

DNR says they did not do a sobriety test at the scene, in part, because they were not sure who was driving at the time of the crash.

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