Coast Guard suspends search for possible missing boaters

7th Coast Guard District NewsCHARLESTON, S.C. – Coast Guard crews suspended their search Saturday evening for possible missing boaters 65-miles east of Charleston.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., Friday Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders received report of an orange type-II personal floatation device found floating alongside a pink child’s life ring and a radio call for “help” heard on VHF channel 16 approximately 65-miles east of Charleston.

Rescue crews conducted an extensive search for any additional signs of distress. Nothing was found during the search and there was no correlating search and rescue cases.

Assets involved in the search included:

  • An MH-65 Dolphin air crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston, S.C.
  • An HC-130 Hercules air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, NC
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay


All search efforts have ceased and the case has been suspended pending further developments.

If anyone has additional information on vessels overdue or any additional information, please contact the Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center at (843) 740-7050.

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