Crunching data in new ways from 29 high frequency radar antenna along the mid-Atlantic coast is being trumpeted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a state-of-the-art technique for tracking currents to find lost boaters.

Along the Southeast coast, the system to do that is falling into disrepair.

There are only four radar units deployed south of Cape Hatteras around the Florida Keys into its Gulf coast. Only two are the wider-swatch type used in the mid-Atlantic. Only five of 11 buoys or monitor stations are still working that also are used to track currents, wind and waves. One by one, they're being shut down as money runs out.

Read more in tomorrow's edition of The Post and Courier.