Coast Guard suspends search for overdue fisherman in South Fenwick Island, S.C.

d7 logoCHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard suspended its search for an overdue fisherman in the area of South Fenwick Island, S.C., Friday, pending any new developments.

Crews from Coast Guard Station Charleston and Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga., along with the Department of Natural Resources and the Colleton County Sherriff’s Office searched more than 85 square miles in an area surrounding Fish Creek.

“This search and rescue mission has been suspended pending any new information,” said Cmdr. Brian LeFebvre, Sector Charleston chief of response. “The decision to suspend was made after reviewing numerous factors. We take pride in locating survivors and reuniting them with their loved ones. This is why the decision to suspend is never quickly made, nor is it ever easy for us. We offer our thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time.”

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center received a report Thursday at 7:44 a.m., from an associate of the missing fisherman stating the vessel was overdue from an oyster fishing trip that took place on Wednesday. The associate expected the fisherman to return in the evening after departing in the late afternoon, but he never returned home.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources located the missing fisherman’s 14-foot jon boat in the area of Fish Creek.

The Coast Guard asks anyone with information regarding this search to please contact the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center at 843-740-7050.

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