Coast Guard Suspends Search Off South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard has suspended its search for Daniel Phallan off the coast of South Carolina Saturday evening.

Daniel Phallan and William Phallan were four miles off the coast of Murrells Inlet, S.C., when their vessel began taking on water and became disabled Friday night.

William Phallan was rescued by Coast Guard Station Georgetown, S.C., early Saturday morning 11 miles east of Winyah Bay, S.C. He was then taken to Georgetown Memorial Hospital by a Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston helicopter.

The Coast Guard continued to search for Daniel Phallan. A combined total of 700-square miles were searched for a combined total of 35 hours for the missing men.

“It’s unfortunate that we were unable to find Daniel Phallan. We used every available resource to try and find him,” said Lt. Cmdr. Eric King, a search and rescue coordinator for Coast Guard Sector Charleston. “Our only hope is that others can learn something from this situation so that it doesn’t happen again.”

The Coast Guard recommends that all boaters have a VHF radio with them when out on the water. Boaters should also bring signaling devices and know how to properly use them. According to William Phallan, both men were wearing their life jackets when their boat flipped over.

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