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Press Release | Oct. 20, 2023

Coast Guard searching for overdue fishing vessel 80 miles off Brunswick, Georgia

PADET Jacksonville - Office: (904) 714-7606 / After Hours: (786) 393-4138

The Coast Guard is searching for the Carol Anne, a 31-foot fishing vessel, 80 miles offshore Brunswick, Georgia, Oct. 20, 2023. The vessel was reported overdue by the owner who stated he hired a crew of three for a fishing trip. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard is searching for an overdue 31-foot fishing vessel, Friday, 80 miles offshore Brunswick, Georgia.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders received a report from the owner of the fishing vessel Carol Anne stating he hired a crew of three people that failed to return on Wednesday as scheduled. The owner stated the crew extends fishing trips to maximize their catch but was growing concerned due to their last communication with the crew being six days ago.

Sector Charleston and Sector Jacksonville attempted to contact the vessel via VHF-FM channel 16 without results.

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 aircraft crew to search.

Anyone with information that may assist search efforts should contact Sector Charleston at 843-740-7050.

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