Missing Sullivan's Island boater found safe

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- The boater who has been missing for a few hours Sunday afternoon was found safe on Dewees Island.{}

Officials at the scene say the boater, whose name has not been released, hit a sand bar. The man then swam to shore and went to a house and called the U.S. Coast Guard.{}

Crews from Sullivan's Island Rescue and the Coast Guard spent much of the afternoon searching for a missing boater.

According to officials, the man's wife called for help after talking to the boater and finding him disoriented in the dense fog off the coast. Coast Guard officials say the man's wife called 911 shortly after 2 p.m.

When the rescue began, the fog was too dense for the Coast Guard helicopter to launch, but it has since been deployed.{}

Around 5:30 p.m., Coast Guard crews headed to pick the man up at a nearby marina.{}

The man was not injured. Officials have not commented on the status of the boat.

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