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Coast Guard crews still searching for overdue boaters

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Crews from the coast guard are still searching for 2 overdue boaters who went missing Wednesday.

Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch notified the Charleston's Coast Guard Sector command center of the overdue boaters Thursday morning. The missing boaters had reportedly left for a fishing trip in the vicinity of the Charleston Jetties Wednesday morning and scheduled to return Wednesday evening,  by Thursday the two were overdue and their truck and trailer were found still parked at the pier at Remleys Point, S.C.

The Coast Guard has searched approximately 12,000 square miles Sunday and conducted more than 45 search patterns in the search for the overdue boaters off the coast of Myrtle Beach, according to Petty Officer Anthony Soto.

The overdue boaters are Joseph McFadden, 77 years old, and Michael Lawrence, 61 years old. 

Crewmembers aboard various assets from Coast Guard Air Facility Charleston, S.C., Air Station Savannah, Ga., Air Station Clearwater, Fla., and Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., have participated in the search. The Coast Guard Auxiliary has also contributed an airplane in the search.

Other agencies that have been involved in the search include crews from the North Charleston Police Department, Mount Pleasant Police Department, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Anyone with any information that could assist search crews are asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center at: 843-740-7050.

For more information contact the Coast Guard 7th District Public Affairs Detachment Jacksonville at 305-318-1864.

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