Timeline of Beaufort SC boat crash that killed Mallory Beach
Around 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 24, 2019, six young adults were in a speeding boat when it crashed into a piling by the bridge in Archers Creek near Parris Island, S.C.
Mallory Beach, 19, was ejected — and became a missing person. It took searchers a week to find her body.
Paul Murdaugh — then a 20-year-old from a powerful Lowcountry family — was later charged with multiple counts of boating under the influence.
Since the fatal boat crash, the staff of the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette has pored over documents, questioned officials and interviewed people familiar with the tragic events of one year ago.
The timeline below is based on those records and interviews and contains details not previously reported about the horrific crash.
Mallory Beach’s boyfriend, Anthony Cook, remembers nothing after the boat hit the piling.
He knows that moments earlier, sitting in the boat, he had wrapped Beach in his arms.
When he comes to, he is in the water.
Beach is nowhere to be found.
7 p.m. Feb. 23, 2019 — seven hours earlier
About an hour after dark, six friends, ages 18 to 20 — Beach; Cook; his cousin, Connor; Paul Murdaugh; and two others — prepare to launch a 17-foot Sea Hunt boat from the dock of property owned by Murdaugh’s family.
They have brought more than $45 worth of alcohol aboard, purchased earlier by Murdaugh using his older brother’s ID at a Parker’s convenience store in Ridgeland, a lawsuit filed by Beach’s mother alleges. The stash includes a 15-pack of Natural Light beer b....