Coast Guard searching for man 21 miles east of Myrtle Beach

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard is searching Saturday for Howard “Dale” Smith, a 42-year-old fisherman who was reported falling overboard 21 miles east of Myrtle Beach.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watchstanders received a call at 9:29 p.m. Friday, from the crew of the Addis Sylvester, a 42-foot fishing vessel out of Little River, S.C., stating a crewmember had fallen overboard.

The Coast Guard Cutter Cormorant, a Coast Guard Station Georgetown 45-foot Response Boat – Medium boatcrew and an Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew launched to begin searching.

The Coast Guard Cutter Forward and Lawrence Lawson were diverted to assist with search efforts.

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