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Lake Murray Boating Accident Victims Identified

Lake Murray, SC (Paul Kirby) - Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has identified the victims of a fatal boating accident that occurred on Lake Murray on Friday, April 21, 2017.

Fisher said that the body of Mr. Mark Daniel Phillips, 37, of Columbia was recovered shortly after the incident, which took place at approximately 11:10PM. An autopsy that was performed on April 22, 2017 revealed that Mr. Phillips died as the result of blunt force trauma sustained in the collision.

At approximately 5:00 PM on April 22, 2017, the body of a second victim, identified as Mr. Christopher Shawn Lanier, 28, of Blythewood was recovered by SC DNR. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday, April 24th, to determine Mr. Lanier’s cause of death.

The incident remains under investigation by SC DNR.

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