Missing fisherman's girlfriend: "he loved everyone and they loved him back"

Missing fisherman's girlfriend: "he loved everyone and they loved him back"

Murrells Inlet, SC (WMBF) - The Coast Guard Sector in Charleston searched for a man who fell overboard a fishing vessel Friday night near Myrtle Beach.

The man was identified as 42-year-old Howard "Dale" Smith. Smith reportedly fell overboard shortly before 9:30 p.m. 21 miles east of Myrtle Beach Friday night.

Authorities say the fishing vessel is named "Addis Sylvester".

Search crews completed 20 searching spanning approximately 3,052 square miles before suspending the search. "The decision to suspend the search for Dale was not an easy one, and it was made understanding his experience as a fisherman and his will to live," said Capt. John Reed, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Charleston.

The incident is still currently under investigation.

Dale's girlfriend, Cyndi, spoke with WMBF News and said,

"While I had him for a many years it wasn't nearly long enough. We had so many plans and hopes for our future together. Now, it's so so hard to breathe from one second to the next without him. While I'm currently in Florida with his mom, because we came here together for the holidays.I stayed behind to help his disabled mom with things in her life. He went  home before me for work. Now this. 
His last words to his mom were that he loved her and tell Cyndi I love her. As we met with the Coast Guard yesterday that came to us in Jacksonville, and I'm sure with one of the most difficult jobs ever.

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