Hunter Skinner, 24, Dies in Boating Accident

Hunter Skinner, 24, Dies in Boating Accident

Hunter Skinner, a 24-year-old student and sailor from Charleston, South Carolina, died in a boating accident on Monday, September 11, 2023. He was a physics major at the College of Charleston and a valued employee at Simmons Boatworks.

What Happened To Hunter Skinner?

According to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, the accident happened around 8 p.m. on Monday near the Stono River Bridge. Skinner was operating a sailboat with two passengers when he collided with a powerboat driven by another man.

The impact caused Skinner to fall overboard and suffer fatal injuries. The two passengers on his sailboat and the driver of the powerboat were not seriously hurt and were taken to a hospital for observation.

The sheriff’s office said that the accident is still under investigation, but there is no indication of alcohol or drugs being involved. The weather conditions were clear and calm at the time of the crash.

Skinner was a bright and ambitious young man who had a passion for learning and sailing. He graduated from McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, New York, and Clear Falls High School in Kemah, Texas, where he excelled in academics and athletics.

He was an accomplished sailor who competed in national championships and won the prestigious Keelboat Invitational in 2015. He was also a member of the College of Charleston sailing team and a mentor to younger sailors.

He worked as a boat builder and repairer at Simmons Boatworks, where he was respected for his skills and professionalism.

He is survived by his parents, John and Susan Skinner, his sister, Jessica Skinner, and his grandmother, Mary Skinner.

Many people expressed their sorrow and sympathy over Skinner’s death on social media and other platforms.

His sister, Jessica Skinner, posted a heartfelt message on Facebook, saying: “My brother Hunter Skinner passed away last night in a boating accident. He was the most amazing person I have ever known. He was smart, talented, kind, funny, adventurous, and loving. He had so much to offer the world and I can’t believe he is gone. I love you so much Hunter and I will miss you every day”.

His former high school coach, Chris Doran, wrote on Twitter: “I am devastated to hear about the passing of Hunter Skinner. He was one of the best sailors I have ever coached and a great young man. He had a bright future ahead of him and I am proud to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends”.

His employer, Simmons Boatworks, issued a statement on their website, saying: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend Hunter Skinner. He was an integral part of our team and a skilled boat builder. He brought joy and enthusiasm to his work and his life. He will be greatly missed by all of us at Simmons Boatworks”.

Skinner’s funeral arrangements have not been announced yet.

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