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Press Release | Oct. 21, 2023

UPDATE: Coast Guard continues search 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 continues to search for an overdue 31-foot fishing vessel and its three crew members, Saturday, 80 miles offshore Brunswick, Georgia.

Missing are Dalton Conway, Caleb Wilkinson and Tyler Barlow.

On Friday, Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders received a report from the owner of the fishing vessel Carol Ann 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 watchstanders continue to attempt contact with the vessel via VHF-FM marine radio without results.

Watchstanders received a report from a good Samaritan who stated he may have seen a vessel matching the description of the Carol Ann on Wednesday.

Involved in the search are:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater
  • Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City
  • Coast Guard Air Station Savannah
  • Coast Guard Station Brunswick
  • Coast Guard Cutter Ibis
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources

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

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