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3rd Hunting Island Drowning Victim Found - Family Members Speak

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The Beaufort County Coroner's Office has confirmed that a body found washed ashore on Hunting Island today is that of the third swimmer who disappeared Sunday afternoon.

Seventeen year old Mikee Phomma of Philadelphia, PA was located at noon today. A beachgoer discovered Phomma's remains about a mile and a half from the Fripp Island inlet, approximately 3 ½ miles from where he initially disappeared. Phomma had been swimming with his uncle, 38-year old Tiem Mok and cousin, 16-year old Nathan Mok when the three were overcome by strong currents off the shores of Hunting Island Sunday afternoon.

Nathan Mok's body was the first to be found, less than 2 hours after he was last seen on Sunday. His father, Tiem Mok was found at 10 am the following morning.

The victims were last seen in distress in the water at approximately 4:45 pm on Sunday. A 14-year old female family member had been swimming with the victims when they began to struggle against the water's currents. She attempted to pull them to safety, however, was unable to hold onto them. She made her way to shore where another family member called 911 for help.

All three victims were part of a larger group of family members vacationing in the area. No foul play is suspected in the incident. (BCSO)

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Crews are currently limited in the second full day of searching for the missing 17-year-old swimmer off Hunting Island. This is the first time in 30 years they have had a multi-victim drowning according to DNR officials. Agencies involved include DNR, Coast Guard, Lady's island Fire, and park troopers. They are searching by land, air, and sea.

The horrifying scene carried a father, son, and nephew into the open sea.

New Video: Family members speak about the tragic loss.

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Rescue workers returned to the shoreline this morning along Hunting Island Beach to resume to the search for the two missing swimmers. Beaufort County authorities say a body was discovered this morning, along the shoreline. It is 38 year old Tiem Mok. The body of a third person has not been found. The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says that person is a 17 year old family member who was visiting from Philadelphia.

The Beaufort County coroner tells WSAV.com that Mok and his son are from Chesnee, a small town in Spartanburg County, S.C.


HUNTING ISLAND, SC (July 14, 2013/6:30 PM) – Search and rescue efforts are currently underway for missing swimmers at Hunting Island Campground. WSAV.com has confirmed the Beaufort County dive team is assisting with this investigation.

A 38-year old male, his 16-year old son, and another 17-year relative were reported missing in the water at approximately 4:45 pm this afternoon. A 14-year old female who had been swimming with the victims reported that they were all struggling against strong currents. When she became separated from the group, she swam to shore to call for help.

The body of the 16-year old Nathan Mok has been recovered, however, search efforts are continuing for his father and a 17 year old relative who remain missing. Multiple emergency agencies are on scene to include the Sheriff's Office, US Coastguard, Fripp and Lady's Island Fire Departments, and Hunting Island park rangers.

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