Coast Guard searching for missing boater near Hilton Head

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – The Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for a missing 50-year-old male who fell overboard 3-miles east of Hilton Head Island Wednesday at approximately 4:55 p.m.

Missing is Lewis Fredrick, 50, hometown unknown.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston, S.C., received notification from a nearby boat that Fredrick had fallen off the fishing vessel, Miss Piggy, while attempting to make repairs and had not resurfaced. The reporting source indicated that he was not wearing a life jacket.

The following assets are assisting with the search:

  • A 41-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Tybee Island, Ga.
  • The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon
  • An MH-65 helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga.
  • The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • Beaufort County, S.C., Search and Rescue
  • Beaufort County Beach Patrol

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