UPDATE: Fisherman’s body recovered in the Waccamaw

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By DEUCE NIVEN

tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com

UPDATE

     Divers recovered the body of a Guideway area man missing since Monday after apparently falling from a boat.

     “He was not too far away from where he went into the water,” Sgt. Kyle Van Althuis of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said.

     With the recovery complete, Wildlife Officers will continue their investigation.

     “We’ll do follow-up interviews, piece together a summary of what we believe happened,” Van Althuis said. “That report will be filed with the U.S. Coast Guard and of course our agency.”

     Detailed reports on deaths that take place in public waters allow the Coast Guard and other agencies to develop policies and recommend regulations that promote water safety, Van Althuis said.

     Look for the full story in tomorrow’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.

Original post

     A Guideway area man out for an evening of fishing with a friend apparently drowned after falling into the Waccamaw River at Pireway on Monday.

     Timothy Andrews, 56, had been on the water with a friend when the two returned to the area of the river landing on the Brunswick County side of the river, just off of NC 904, at about 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sgt. Kyle Van Althuis of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission said Tuesday.

     The friend, who was not named, “tried to initiate a rescue,” Van Althuis  said.

     “This water is 66 degrees,” Van Althuis  said. “That’s cold.”

     Van Althuis  said the water was “moving strong, not raging. We’ve had some rain, and the water was moving.”

     Rescue efforts continued into the evening Monday, and resumed Tuesday with the focus on recovery, Van Althuis  said. Those efforts had not yet been successful at 1 p.m.

     “Right now we’re focused on bringing him back,” Van Althuis said.

     Look for updates on this story here as events warrant, and in tomorrow’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.