Update: The Coast Guard found the Steve Chaney and David Hambrick’s 22-foot boot adrift off of Murrells Inlet. The boat was spotted Friday morning, about 15 miles off the coast. The Coast Guard is continuing their search for the two men.
OAK ISLAND — The Coast Guard is racing an ongoing tropical storm to search for two fishermen who went missing Sunday.
Steve Chaney and David Hambrick of Oak Island set out on a fishing trip at around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. The two left from the South Harbor Boat Ramp in Oak Island. The wife of one of the men called authorities for help when the two did not return by dark, according to the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard has dispatched both a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Elizabeth City in addition to boat crews from Oak Island. According to the Coast Guard, crews are experiencing difficult conditions as a tropical weather system continues to intensify off the Carolina coast.
“We are battling severe search conditions due to the approaching tropical system with rough seas and strong winds,” Chief Warrant Officer Keith Moore, the command duty officer at Sector North Carolina, said. “Our crews are trying every possible means to locate these fishermen before weather conditions worsen.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Steve Chaney or David Hambrick is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector North Carolina at (910) 343-3880.