Coast Guard locates missing swimmer off Tybee Island, condition unclear

Coast Guard locates missing swimmer off Tybee Island, condition unclear
The Coast Guard found a swimmer reported missing off Tybee Island. (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Coast Guard Sector Charleston officials say a 33-year-old man reported missing off the coast near Savannah has been found.

At approximately 11:40 a.m., a Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter spotted a man in the water matching the missing swimmer’s description.

A release from the Coast Guard states a Coast Guard Station Tybee Island response team recovered the man and began life-saving procedures while en route to Station Tybee where EMS was waiting.

The man’s condition was not immediately clear.

The Charleston command center was notified by the Tybee Island Fire and Rescue about a person in the water at 6:38 p.m. Monday. The man had last been seen by his wife swimming off Tybee Island in a wet suit on a body board, according to the Coast Guard.

Crews deployed the 45-foot response boat and helicopter to help Tybee Island Fire and Rescue and police in the search. Crews searched throughout the night and remained on the scene Tuesday morning, officials said.

The identity of the swimmer has not been released.

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