UPDATE: Body of missing Lake Murray boater found - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

UPDATE: Body of missing Lake Murray boater found

Durham Alexander Delaura, 35, fell overboard near Panorama Point on the evening on Aug. 24. He served with the Columbia Fire Department up until 2016. (Source: Columbia Fire Department) Durham Alexander Delaura, 35, fell overboard near Panorama Point on the evening on Aug. 24. He served with the Columbia Fire Department up until 2016. (Source: Columbia Fire Department)
A viewer drone image of Panorama Point Friday evening. (Source: Logan Watson) A viewer drone image of Panorama Point Friday evening. (Source: Logan Watson)
LAKE MURRAY, SC (WIS) -

Officials with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources confirmed they have found the body of a boater who went missing on Lake Murray in August.  

Durham Alexander DeLaura's body was recovered by authorities just before 10 a.m. Sunday morning near an area of Lake Murray known as Sandy Beach. The Lexington County Coroner said an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday to determine DeLaura's cause of death. 

The Lexington County Sheriff's Department assisted DNR with their search on the lake. 

DeLaura, 35, fell overboard near Panorama Point on the evening on Aug. 25. A neighbor found DeLaura's 4-year-old daughter alone in his boat that had drifted ashore, prompting the search for DeLaura. 

SCDNR spokesperson Captain Robert McCullough said while investigators do not believe foul play is suspected, he said alcohol could have been involved. Investigators found both open and unopened beer cans on the boat. 

Delaura formerly served on the Columbia Fire Department. Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins released a statement about DeLaura's time with the department on Wednesday and listed many of his accomplishments. DeLaura was a firefighter for 10 years from 2006 to 2016.  He said: 

The CFD Family continues to offer our thoughts and prayers to Durham’s family and friends. He was a very talented Firefighter who developed many skills during his nearly ten years serving with Department and me along with the entire Columbia Fire Department continue to focus on the recovery efforts.

I would like to thank the many agencies that have taken part in the rescue and recovery efforts, especially the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Lexington County and Newberry County Sheriff’s Department and the Lexington County Fire Service.  

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