Coast Guard, local agencies searching for possible person in distress near Charleston

5th Coast Guard District News
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Charleston, S.C., along with local search crews, are searching for a possible person in the water Tuesday morning, in the vicinity of the Charleston City Marina.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston received a call at approximately 2:45 a.m., from a security guard at the marina who reported hearing a male voice cry, “Help”. Watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched a Coast Guard Station Charleston rescue crew. A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston was also launched to aid in the search.

Also assisting in the search are four vessels and crews from local agencies including: Charleston Fire Department, Charleston County Rescue, and the Charleston Sheriff’s Office.

Station Charleston crewmembers arrived at the 10 mile-long by one mile wide search area, located in the Ashley River, at approximately 2:19 a.m. The helicopter aircrew arrived at the scene shortly after 3:30 a.m., and departed the scene after searching for more than two hours. Local agencies arrived on scene at 3:30 a.m.

Coast Guard and partner agency rescue crews continue to search for the possible missing person. Anyone with information that may help rescue crews is asked to contact the Sector Charleston command center at 843-740-7050.

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