SCDNR assisting in search for missing boaters from Florida

SCDNR assisting in search for missing boaters from Florida
Source - SCDNR

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - It’s been five days since two boaters went missing off the coast of Florida, and South Carolina’s Department of Natural Resources is lending a hand to search the water.

DNR officers are using boats and aircraft to search from Charleston down to the Savannah River.

Brian McCluney and Justin Walker, both firefighters from the Jacksonville area, were last seen going out to a reef on Friday.

The two missing men may have drifted that far, according to authorities.

The search now spans more than 90,000 square miles.

“It is important to note we’re rapidly reaching the side of a search grid that becomes untenable for dedicated search operations,”said Capt. Mark Vlaun with the Coast Guard.

DNR asks that if you are out boating, to please keep a look out. If you see any debris or anything else unusual call 1-800-922-5431.

On Sunday, a civilian aircraft reported seeing a vessel matching the boat 50 miles east of Jacksonville as well as a cooler and life jackets, but the debris field which was found was determined unrelated to the boaters.

Search for missing Florida Boaters As the potential search area for the two Florida anglers lost at sea widens, the S....

Posted by South Carolina Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Copyright 2019 WCSC. All rights reserved.