Coast Guard suspends search for missing North Carolina man off coast of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a boater who disappeared Thursday approximately 11-miles southeast of Myrtle Beach.

Missing is Thomas “Andy” Richmond of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

Agencies involved in the search included the Coast Guard, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and Horry County. The search covered an area the size of the state of Rhode Island. Rescue crews searched for approximately 48 hours covering 1,783 Square Nautical Miles.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston, S.C., search-and-rescue coordinators received a call at 11:20 p.m. Thursday that the unmanned 28ft boat “Heads or Tails” was located on the beach with its engines running. The boat is reportedly owned by Richmond.

The Coast Guard launched a MH-65 rescue helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston, a MHC-130 air crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and 47-foot rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station Georgetown, S.C., and Station Oak Island, N.C.

In addition, the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Yellowfin, homeported in Charleston, and the 140-foot Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay, homeported in Rockland, Maine, are also assisted in the search.

The Coast Guard is asking that anybody with information about or the whereabouts of Richmond, please contact the Coast Guard command center in Charleston at 843-740-7050.

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