Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston helicopter crew locates missing kayaker

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A Coast Guard helicopter crew located a missing kayaker Friday morning after his wife reported him missing during a kayak trip in Charleston Harbor, prompting a multi-agency all-night search Thursday night.

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston located Tim Pratt, 53, on Morris Island in Charleston Harbor at 7:50 a.m.

Pratt was found in good condition and reported his paddle broke so he was unable to return to shore. The Coast Guard helicopter crew landed on Morris Island, brought Pratt aboard and flew him to Charleston Executive Airport in Johns Island, S.C., where EMTs and his family were waiting. EMTs evaluated him on site and released him.

Sullivan’s Island Fire Department contacted watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center to request assistance in the search for Pratt about 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Coast Guard air and boat crews searched continuously through the night. Also responding were the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Sullivan’s Island Fire Department, Mount Pleasant Police Department, and North Charleston Fire Department.

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