USC student who died in boating accident ‘could make a friend anywhere’

hcahill@thestate.comJuly 7, 2014 

Hailey Joanne Bordeaux, 21, of Sumter, a senior majoring in early childhood development at the University of South Carolina, died Friday after a July 4 boating accident on Lake Marion, the ninth boating death so far this year.

According to Capt. Robert McCullough of the Department of Natural Resources, Bordeaux was with her boyfriend and two others on a boat at a standstill near Scarborough Landing just before 1 a.m. Their boat was struck by another traveling in the area.

Bordeaux was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead, according to Charles Jackson, a deputy coroner at the Clarendon County coroner’s office. There were no other reports of injuries from the accident.

So far, there have been no charges filed in connection with the accident, McCullough said, but the investigation is continuing.

“There is no speed limit on the lake; it is up to how fast you think you can control it,” McCullough said of Lake Marion. “There was no indication it was close to a no-wake zone.”

Some boating safety advocates warn being on the water at night is more dangerous.

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