Lake Murray, SC (Paul Kirby) - Department of Natural Resources officials have now released the name of the man that went missing on Lake Murray sometime Friday afternoon or evening. They say that Durham Alexander Delaura, 35, apparently fell from the boat he was in with his daughter who is 4 years old.
Officers say that the child was found alone in the boat that had drifted close to shore. Someone on land saw the child floating in the boat and launched their own boat to recover her.
Officials have said that they are treating this as a fatal boating accident. The DNR called the search late last night, and Lexington County’s Fire Service, sheriff’s boats, and DNR officers with their helicopter were released from the scene sometime after 10:00 p.m.
The Columbia Fire Department has confirmed on Saturday that Delaura was a former fireman. His daughter has explained to officials that her father fell from the boat into the water. The boat was not running when it was found. Delaura’s identification was in the boat, and the keys were still in the ignition when it was found.
Officials from several agencies resumed their search of the lake Saturday, but they have described that more of a recovery than a rescue. It was also called off after dark.
All this took place near Panorama Point, a long peninsula that juts into Lake Murray in the area of Hallmark Drive and Beechcreek Road west of Lexington.