The Lake Keowee incident, which left a 29-year-old man dead last month after he attacked boaters who helped him out of the lake after he fell off his personal watercraft with a young woman, is detailed in 911 calls from South Carolina.
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According to investigators, Drew Morgan and Hannah Ayers, both 19, slid off his yellow Sea-Doo RXP into the lake on March 15. John and Debra Dotson, 74 and 70, were in a neighbouring boat and rescued them out of the water.
Morgan, however, who was supposedly inebriated, angry, and unreasonable, began fighting with the man who had just dragged him to safety. Morgan allegedly disabled the boat’s ignition by damaging the kill switch and attacking his rescuers, according to a 911 call.
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A heated battle continued on for a gruelling 15 minutes as police came to the scene, according to 911 recordings. While Morgan can be heard speaking in the background for much of the clip, his final seconds were deleted under California law, which protects a dying person’s last comments in a 911 call.
“There’s a drunk on our boat attempting to harm us!” In one of four calls published by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, Debra Dotson tells a dispatcher.
Two ladies can be heard alternately sobbing and praying over the phone as the dispatcher tries to reassure them during a tense tussle before the gunshot. They scream after that.
“Please hurry, he just had to shoot him!” Debra Dotson exclaims. “Oh my God, he’s been shot… My husband had to shoot him because he was choking him and trying to knock him out of the boat!”
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When her husband says he’s fine, she tells him to lay Morgan down and “try to save him.” However, she claimed that her husband’s back had been injured during the struggle and that he was unable to move.
She tells the dispatcher, “Listen, you don’t understand.” “He’s in our captain’s chair on the boat, gasping for air — I believe it’s his last breath.”
Morgan could be heard repeatedly with slurred speech prior to the shooting, and multiple callers reported that after breaking apart, he continued to fight with the boater.
“God bless,” the wife says about 4 minutes into her call. “We don’t want to push him back in, and I don’t want him to shoot.”
She puts the phone down at another time, and Ayers picks it up.
“He’s pretty inebriated right now,” she tells the operator of Morgan, her voice cracking. She later told officers that the group on the boat tried to calm Morgan down but “nothing worked,” according to an incident report obtained by Fox News Digital.
Morgan’s pickup truck was later discovered to contain empty beer cans and drug paraphernalia, according to police.
After the dispatcher instructs her to begin performing chest compressions, Debra can be heard sobbing, “C’mon boy, don’t die.”
A second caller identified himself as Michael Hallisey of Connecticut, who described what he saw from his beachfront property.
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