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Some agencies continue search for S.C. man who fell off boat in Savannah

Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 8:36 AM EDT
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The U.S. Coast Guard says it suspended the search for a missing man on the Savannah River at approximately 8:45 p.m. Sunday pending further information.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Chatham Marine Patrol are continuing their search on Monday, according to Sgt. Cindy Miller of the Law Enforcement Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The department, which is the lead agency on the search, intends to continue its efforts every day from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the foreseeable future.

The boat capsized Saturday evening near the Colonial Oil Dock, located along the Savannah riverfront, west of the Talmadge Bridge in an industrial area.

The boat struck an unmanned barge in the river, and three people were ejected from the vessel, according to the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Savannah and Sgt. Miller. Officials have confirmed the three people are a family from Hardeeville, S.C.

A boat capsized in the Savannah River on Saturday evening. Rescue efforts are underway for a...
A boat capsized in the Savannah River on Saturday evening. Rescue efforts are underway for a missing man. (Source: U.S. Coast Guard Southeast)(Coast Guard)

Crew members aboard the Hampton Roads Dredge rescued a woman and a child from the river, according to the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit. Hampton Roads Dredge equipment is used to dredge the Savannah River. Savannah Fire administered aid to the rescued woman and child after Chatham Marine Patrol transported them to a vessel at Savannah Fire’s dock.

The child was transported to a nearby hospital, according to Chuck Kearns, chief of Chatham Emergency Services. Both the woman and child are in good condition, according to a tweet from the U.S. Coast Guard.