Charleston coast guard helps in search for missing boater near Myrtle Beach

Thomas "Andy" Richmond
Thomas "Andy" Richmond

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Coast Guard rescue crews are searching for a missing boater approximately 11 miles southeast of Myrtle Beach Friday.

Coast Guard search-and-rescue coordinators from Charleston received a call at 11:20 p.m. Thursday that an unmanned 28-foot boat named "Heads or Tails" was located on the beach with its engines running.

The boat belongs to missing boater Thomas "Andy" Richmond of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

The Coast Guard launched a MH-65 rescue helicopter crew from Charleston and a rescue boat crew from Georgetown.

In addition, the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Yellowfin, homeported in Charleston, and the 140-foot Coast Guard Cutter Thunder Bay, homeported in Rockland, Maine, are also assisting in the search.

The Coast Guard is asking that anybody with information about or the whereabouts of Richmond, please contact the Coast Guard command center in Charleston at 843-740-7050.

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