Crews use sonar to identify area of interest in search for missing boaters in Georgetown

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GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office says an area of interest has been identified in the search for two missing boaters in the Georgetown area.

Marquis Michael and Kinsley Johnson, both around 33-years-old, were last seen on Saturday, September 26, aboard a green 8-foot jon boat with one silver outboard motor in the vicinity of Sampit River.

Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office deputies deployed side-scan sonar in the bay in an effort to locate the boat and its occupants.

The area in the river will be cordoned off as deputies await divers from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to do a thorough inspection.

The boat ramps at Carroll Campbell Marina have been closed to new boat traffic temporarily to secure the area. People who launched boats earlier today will be allowed to remove them, according to authorities. Crews say the search has been unsuccessful as of Sunday evening.

The Coast Guard continued their search throughout the night while the sheriff’s office will rejoin them Monday morning.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston received the initial call at 10:30 p.m. Saturday from a family member stating the two men were only going out for a few hours and departed from Carol Ashmore Campbell Marina in Georgetown, according to the Coast Guard.

Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office has been assisting the U.S. Coast Guard and S.C. DNR.

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