It took only moments for a 9-year-old Port Royal boy to disappear under the surf Monday afternoon at Hunting Island State Park.
Tyreck Parker, a second-grader at Mossy Oaks Elementary, and two neighbors, ages 11 and 13, were climbing together on a rock groin near the Hunting Island Lighthouse at about 2 p.m. when Parker ended up in the water about 35 feet from shore and was dragged beneath the waves, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report.
"He knew how to swim, but he wasn't that strong of a swimmer," the boy's mother, Theria Parker, 26, said Tuesday. "He went up and down three times and then never came back up. I'm just praying that we can find him."
Local emergency response crews searched for him until about 9 p.m. Monday and the U.S. Coast Guard continued until about 11 p.m., according to Petty Officer Michael Hulme.
Search efforts resumed Tuesday, but were changed from search and rescue to recovery, said Lee Levesque, a spokesman for the Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District.