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Search and rescue underway off Tybee Island for boaters missing since storm

Search and rescue underway off Tybee Island for boaters missing since storm
Posted at 5:29 PM, May 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-24 17:29:00-04

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - Search and rescue efforts are currently underway for the passengers of an overturned fishing vessel about one mile northeast of Tybee Island. 

Coast Guard officials say they first got the call around 6:22 p.m. Tuesday night after an emergency position indicating radio beacon activation was registered to the 47-foot fishing vessel, Miss Debbie. The boat was based in Swan Quarter, North Carolina. 

A 45-foot response boat and an Air Station helicopter were deployed at 7:35 p.m. and reached the Miss Debbie at 7:48 p.m. to find it capsized.

Officials suspended the search efforts Tuesday night as the weather began to decline.

The search resumed Wednesday morning around the same area off Tybee. The U.S. Coast Guard, Georgia and South Carolina DNR, and Savannah Fire and Emergency Services are all involved in the search.

At this time, there is no word on how many people are missing from the boat.

In a separate incident Tuesday afternoon, the Coast Guard rescued four boaters off Pritchard’s Island, S.C.

WTOC will continue to follow this developing story. Stay with us for updates.