Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Coast Guard suspends search for missing Oak Island fishermen

WILMINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard officially suspended its week-long search for two missing Oak Island fishermen.

Steve Chaney and David Hambrick have been missing since Sunday, August 27. The two left in the morning for a fishing trip in a 22-foot boot. When they did not return by sundown, family members contacted the authorities to report them missing.

Steve Chaney, missing since Sunday. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY US COAST GUARD)
Steve Chaney, missing since Sunday. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY US COAST GUARD)

According to the Coast Guard, aerial and boat crews were joined by the Navy and local rescue agencies in a search that covered 33,154 square miles, taking 247 man hours. The search stretched along the coast of both North and South Carolina and battled extreme weather conditions as a tropical storm developed along the Atlantic seaboard.

David Hambrick, missing since Sunday. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY US COAST GUARD)
David Hambrick, missing since Sunday. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY US COAST GUARD)

On Friday, a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft spotted the 22-foot boot adrift approximately 15 miles off the coast of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Chaney and Hambrick were not aboard, and have not been located since. Finally, on Saturday, the Coast Guard made the decision to end the search operation.

“After an exhaustive search on the water and from the air over the past week, we made the difficult decision to stop searching on Saturday evening,” said Rear Adm. Meredith Austin, commander, 5th Coast Guard District. “We have been in close contact with the families, and our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.”

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