Search for missing Beaufort teen is still a rescue mission

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The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says they are still giving it 100 percent and the search for a missing teen from a weekend boating accident is still a rescue mission. 

Crews have been on the water and in the air since Sunday, hoping to find a sign of Mallory Beach. 

On Thursday alone, 11 boats, 7 divers and a helicopter have all been involved in the search. 

The 19-year-old was riding with five friends in Archers Creek about 2:00 a.m. when the boat hit a piling. Mallory was thrown from the boat into the water. She quickly disappeared and hasn’t been seen since. 

South Carolina DNR officials, Parris Island Search and Rescue, as well as crews from the city of Beaufort and Beaufort County, have been flying over the scene and covering every creek and inlet looking for clues. 

Family and friends have held a vigil at the site since early Sunday holding out hope she may be found alive and well. 

The five other people in the boat were not badly injured. 

DNR investigators are still looking into the accident. No charges have been filed. 

DNR says they did not do a sobriety test at the scene, in part, because they were not sure who was driving at the time of the crash.

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