Coast Guard identifies 3 Swan Quarter boaters still missing off Tybee Island coast

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP/WNCT) — The United States Coast Guard has confirmed the identities of three men who are missing after a boat from Swan Quarter overturned and was found off the coast of Georgia.

CBS affiliate WTOC reports the operator of the boat, Gary McGowen, is missing along with passengers Benjamin Dover and Isaac West.

The search entered its third day Friday and according to WTOC, crews are continuing to search off of South Carolina’s coast near Daufuskie, Turtle and Hilton Head Island.

The Coast Guard told WTOC they are still considering it a search and rescue mission.

The capsized shrimp fishing boat was found after severe storms ripped through the area.

The Coast Guard said in a news release Wednesday that a rescue boat and helicopter were searching waters about 1 mile (1.6 kilometer) northeast of Tybee Island. An emergency beacon Tuesday evening alerted the Coast Guard, which found the 47-foot (14-meter) fishing boat Miss Debbie overturned in the water. No people were found with the vessel.

Parts of coastal Georgia were under warnings for tornadoes and severe thunder storms Tuesday evening.

Hobo Seafood, which owns the boat, released the following statement:

“We ask for continued prayers for these shrimp fishermen, their families as well those involved in the ongoing search efforts. Thank you.”



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