Coast Guard to use air units in search for local fishing crew

Hobo Seafood docks (Photo courtesy of Dennis Van Berwyn)

SWAN QUARTER, Hyde County - The search resumes Thursday for three men lost at sea when their fishing boat capsized as a result of a reported tornado.

Hobo Seafood, which owns the capsized boat, Miss Debbie, put out a notice Thursday morning saying the search Wednesday - which was Day 2 of searching - was unfruitful largely due to uncooperative weather.

"Weather has been too rough for divers to inspect the fishing vessel, but they are using other means for the search," Hobo Seafood put out in a statement. The company is owned by Swan Quarter residents Lee and Madge Williams.

The names of the three men who were crewing the Miss Debbie have not been released; however, Jerry Schill, the director of government affairs at the North Carolina Fisheries Association, said two of the three men were locals from the Swan Quarter area.

The US Coast Guard, which is leading the search for the boat, which was last seen about one mile northeast of Tybee Island, Georgia, told NewsChannel 12 they will be using air units to search for the missing crew.

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