Coast Guard suspends search for man missing in Vernon River

d7 logoSAVANNAH, Ga. — The Coast Guard has suspended its search Monday, pending any new developments, for a missing 57-year-old man who fell into the water on the Vernon River near Rose Dhu Island in Savannah.

Coast Guard crews from Station Tybee Island, Ga., and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter searched a total of 203 square miles, covering the Vernon River near Skidaway Island and searching for a total of 14 hours.

Coast Guard watchstanders in the Sector Charleston command center were first notified of the situation at 12 p.m. Sunday. A good Samaritan reported two individuals were in the water after their 16 foot center console pleasure craft capsized. One individual was rescued by the good Samaritan but the other was reported still missing.

Coast Guard crews, along with members of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Department of Natural Resources, conducted searches for the missing man throughout Sunday afternoon. Georgia DNR crews searched throughout the night. A Coast Guard crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter conducted a first light search Monday morning but did not locate the man.

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