Coast Guard suspends search for missing diver near Port Royal Sound

Search patterns of Coast Guard, partner agency and volunteer crews during the search for a missing diver in Port Royal Sound, South Carolina, May 3, 2020. The Coast Guard suspended its search for the missing diver after searching more than 7,589 square miles for over 168 hours. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Charleston)

Search patterns of Coast Guard, partner agency and volunteer crews during the search for a missing diver in Port Royal Sound, South Carolina, May 3, 2020.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Charleston)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing diver near Port Royal Sound, Sunday.

Missing is Alan Devier, 49, North Charleston.

After searching more than 7,589 square miles for over 168 hours, officials were unable to locate Devier.


“Working alongside state and local agencies as well as numerous volunteers, we have searched aggressively since Tuesday evening,” said Capt. John Reed, Commander of Sector Charleston. “Despite that effort, we have been unable to locate Alan. It is with a heavy heart that I have suspended our active search for him. The Devier family remains in my thoughts and prayers.”

Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center watchstanders received a request for helicopter assistance from Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, for a missing diver in a black scuba suit.

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Savannah
  • Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston
  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater
  • Coast Guard Cutter Pompano
  • Coast Guard Station Tybee Island
  • Coast Guard Station Charleston
  • Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Tybee Island
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office
  • Beaufort County Marine Rescue Squadron
  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
  • Fripp Island Fire and Rescue
  • Parris Island Fire and Emergency Services

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