The Coast Guard has suspended its search Monday, pending any new developments, for a missing 57-year-old man who fell into the water near Rose Dhu Island, on the Vernon River. In a press release, the Coast Guard detailed:
Coast Guard crews from Station Tybee and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter searched a total of 203 square miles, covering the Vernon River near Skidaway Island and searching for a total of 14 hours.
Coast Guard watchstanders in the Sector Charleston command center were first notified of the situation at 12 p.m., Sunday. A good Samaritan reported two individuals were in the water after their 15-foot Jon Boat capsized. One individual was rescued by the good Samaratin but the other was reported still missing.
Coast Guard crews, along with members of the Chatham County Sherriff's Office and Georgia Department of Natural Resources, conducted searches for the missing man throughout Sunday afternoon. Goergia DNR crews searched throughout the night. A Coast Guard crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter conducted a first light search Monday morning but did not locate the man.
"Suspending a search is never an easy decision," said Cmdr. Brian LeFebvre, chief of response for Sector Charleston. "Nor is it a decision that is made easily. We take into account an individual's age, time in the water, weather conditions and several other factors to determine how and where we will search next. Based on the information we have, the decision to suspend the search has been made, pending any new information. We offer our thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time and will do whatever we can to help them though this."
For more information, contact the 7th Coast Guard District Public Affairs Detachment North at 305-318-1864.
Rescue crews continue their search after a boat capsized near a dock along Rose Dhu Road in Savannah on Sunday.
Department of Natural Resource investigators say two men were fishing in a 16 foot fiberglass vessel when an anchor line was caught up against the boat causing it to flip. Both boaters were thrown into the water. One of the men, Walter Johnson Jr., stayed with the boat and was rescued. The other, Samuel Gregory Godfrey is still being searched for.
The Coast Guard, along with members of Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Chatham County Sheriff's Office are investigating. Please stay with News 3 for the very latest.
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