The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing boater last seen fishing Thursday in St. Helena Sound.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was expected to continue looking for the missing man, Gregory Moss, 53, of North Myrtle Beach.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue and the Coast Guard began searching after 5:30 p.m. Thursday, when a 14-foot boat reportedly capsized near Ashe Island. A woman from the boat swam to Ashe Island and was picked up by another boater, but Moss was not found and remains missing, authorities said.
Moss was last seen attempting to swim ashore. He was not wearing a life jacket. Paramedics responded to a boat landing at Bennetts Point, where they found the woman in stable condition, said Battalion Chief Marty Stallings of Colleton County Fire-Rescue.
"A local fisherman brought up a female patient who was in the water," Stallings said. "Where their boat capsized was quite a ways from the landing."
Search and rescue units at Coast Guard Sector Charleston were notified by DNR at 9:17 p.m. Thursday of Moss' disappearance. The Coast Guard started its search around 9:30 p.m. Thursday. It said two Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crews from Air Station Savannah, a 25-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Tybee Island, three DNR boat crews and one fixed-wing aircraft conducted an exhaustive search throughout Friday.
The Coast Guard reminds all boaters of the importance of wearing a life jacket when navigating aboard recreational vessels and personal watercraft. In addition, VHF-FM marine band radios are encouraged for all marine activities in isolated areas where cell phone coverage can be poor.