Missing boater identified as search continues in Charleston Harbor
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The U.S. Coast Guard says it is investigating an abandoned crabbing vessel found in the Charleston Harbor.
Coast Guard spokesman Ltjg. Phillip VanderWeit said the Coast Guard Cutter Cormorant was headed out to conduct a training exercise when it encountered a 20-foot crabbing boat off of Fort Johnson on Wednesday. The ship had a fresh catch and the motor was idling but there was aboard, he said.
On Thursday morning, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources spokesman David Lucas confirmed the name of the missing boater as 30-year-old Terrance Raynaud Singleton.
Crews began search and rescue efforts and launched a helicopter to assist, he said. A Coast Guard helicopter was spotted above the harbor on Thursday morning and a Coast Guard cutter searched the harbor overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning.
A Charleston County Sheriff’s Office helicopter also searched Thursday morning along with boats from a number of different agencies in the Cooper and Ashley River.
There are currently no plans to stop the search at any set time. Officials have also spoken to the family of the boater in order to try and get more information about their habits to try and narrow the search, according to VanderWeit.
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, the Charleston Police Department, North Charleston Fire and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources are assisting in the search as well.
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