Coroner identifies men who died in Lake Murray boat crash


Authorities have released the identities of two men who died as the result of a late night boat crash on Lake Murray on Friday.

Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher said the body of Mark Daniel Phillips, 37, of Columbia was recovered shortly after the incident, which happened at approximately 11:10 p.m near Dreher Island and Crystal Lake. An autopsy performed on Saturday revealed that Mr. Phillips died from blunt force trauma sustained in the collision.

At approximately 5:00 on Saturday afternoon, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources recovered the body of Christopher Shawn Lanier, 28, of Blythewood, Fisher said. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday to determine Mr. Lanier’s cause of death.

Officials said a total of six people were on a 32-foot Intrepid powerboat and a 16-foot bass boat when the two vessels collided. Captain Robert McCullough with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said at least three people were taken to area hospitals with injuries.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and the Newberry County Sheriff’s Department are assisting DNR in the investigation.

Authorities have not released any additional details about the collision, including if any charges have been filed.

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