Coast Guard Aircrew Finds Missing 18 Year Old

CHARLESTON, S.C. – A Coast Guard helicopter has located an 18-year-old boater who was lost and disoriented on a 17-foot boat on Bull Creek, S.C., in the vicinity of Bucksport, S.C., today at about 11:15 a.m.

Walter Green, 18, called his sister to let her know he would need a ride from Enterprise Landing yesterday at about 7:30 p.m. When Green didn’t show up and couldn’t be reached on his cell phone, his sister called the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources units searched throughout the night. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston, a Coast Guard boat crew from Station Georgetown, S.C., and a South Carolina DNR boat all participated in the search.

Green contacted Coast Guard rescue coordinators at Sector Charleston today at about 7 a.m. Green told rescue coordinators that he was lost in an area of dense forest and couldn’t provide anymore details on his location.

Coast Guard rescue coordinators launched the helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston to use the direction finding equipment to locate Green by the signal from his VHF radio.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew located Green at about 11 a.m. and stayed with him until the Horry County Marine Rescue unit could come to the young man’s aid. Green will be taken by Horry County Marine Rescue to meet his parent at Waccawache Landing in Georgetown County.

This case demonstrates the importance of the Coast Guard’s Rescue 21 project, which is an effort by the Coast Guard to update its radio and communication equipment. This new equipment will give Coast Guard rescue coordinators the ability to more accurately identify a person’s location using only two a second radio transmission from VHF radio. Rescue 21 is scheduled to be fully operational nation wide by 2011.

Source: USCG D7 Public Affairs

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