UPDATED STORY: This just in from WBTV in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina,The boat of two missing Gaston County fishermen was found Friday near Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, according to the United States Coast Guard.
Steve Chaney and David Hambric did not return from a Sunday fishing trip off the coast of Oak Island, according to WECT News. The wife of one of the men contacted emergency officials when the men did not return from the trip.
The Coast Guard and Navy expanded recently expanded their search patterns near Murrells Inlet, where they located the boat about 15 miles east. No one was on board.
Coast Guard crews, Navy air crews, and partner agencies are actively searching for the missing Gaston County men.
According to WNCN and CBS North Carolina, a couple of North Carolina anglers are currently missing after taking a fishing trip on Sunday.
Coast Guard crews are searching for two missing North Carolina men as a tropical system has spawned warnings along the coast.
Steve Chaney and David Hambrick, both of Oak Island, were expected back from fishing on Sunday near Oak Island, the Coast Guard said in a news release.
The men left around 11:30 a.m. Sunday from the South Harbor Boat Ramp in Oak Island in a 22-foot fishing boat.
“The wife of one of the men called for help after they did not return by dark as expected,” Coast Guard officials said in a news release.
Search crews said they are having to deal with the approaching tropical system with “rough seas and strong winds.”
Aircrews aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules airplane along with Station Oak Island boat crews are searching the coast south of Oak Island.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Chaney or Hambrick is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector North Carolina at (910) 343-3880.