Wednesday, August 14, 2013
A boat break down on Lake Moultrie led to a fight and two rescues.
The boat’s mechanical problems led to a confrontation between an intoxicated brother and sister on a recent evening, according to a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office report.
A deputy responded to an assault that occurred in the area near Somerset Point.
The rescue squad team supervisor told the deputy that a woman was on a boat that had broken down and she jumped or fell off. Crews searched the water and rescued her.
She had bruises on her arm and head. The rescue squad located the boat with the suspect, the victim’s brother, and his girlfriend, and pulled the boat ashore, according to the report.
The victim said the three of them were on the boat when it began to have mechanical problems, and the suspect tried to make it back to shore.
This started a verbal altercation between the victim and suspect. The suspect was accused of hitting the victim in the head and grabbing her arm, according to the report.
The victim donned a lifejacket and jumped off the boat to get away from the suspect, she later said. The suspect told a deputy he hit the victim on top of her head with the bottom of his fist, according to the report. He said the other bruises on her must have come from her falling down in the boat while intoxicated.
All parties involved admitted to drinking alcohol while on the boat. After being released by EMS, the victim said she did not wish to press charges.
The suspect was released from custody and allowed to exit the back of a cruiser before all parties involved were given an escort to their vehicle at the Thornley Forest landing.