Coast Guard searching for man 21 miles east of Myrtle Beach

The Coast Guard is searching for a 42-year-old man Saturday, Jan. 6, 2017, approximately 21 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center wachstanders received a call from the crew of the Addis Sylvester, a 42-foot fishing vessel, stating a crewmember had fallen overboard.

The Coast Guard is searching for a 42-year-old man Saturday, Jan. 6, 2017, approximately 21 miles east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  (provided photo of the Addis Sylvester)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard is searching Saturday for Howard “Dale” Smith, a 42-year-old fisherman who was reported falling overboard 21 miles east of Myrtle Beach.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watchstanders received a call at 9:29 p.m. Friday, from the crew of the 42-foot fishing vessel Addis Sylvester, out of Little River, S.C., stating a crewmember had fallen overboard.

The Coast Guard Cutter Cormorant, a Coast Guard Station Georgetown 45-foot Response Boat – Medium boatcrew and an Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew launched to begin searching.

The Coast Guard Cutter Forward and Lawrence Lawson were diverted to assist with search efforts.

Coast Guard assets currently searching are:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Cormorant
  • Coast Guard Cutter Forward
  • Coast Guard Cutter Lawrence Lawson
  • Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter
  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules aircraft
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