Coast Guard ends search after recovering body of missing boater

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Coast Guard officials say they have recovered to body of a missing boater in the Ashley River.

According to the Coast Guard, the body of Terrance Singleton was pulled from the water just after 9:30 a.m. Friday. Forty-two search and rescue assets searched more than 1,636 square miles for over 36 hours.

“While the response was immediate and involved multiple federal, state and local agencies, we were ultimately unable to rescue Mr. Singleton,” said Capt. John Reed, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Charleston. “As search and rescue professionals, we want every search to have a positive outcome. This is a difficult time and our condolences go out to family and friends dealing with this heartbreaking loss.”

The search for Terrance Singleton began late Wednesday afternoon in Charleston Harbor after Coast Guard command center watchstanders received a report from the Coast Guard Cutter Cormorant of a 20-foot Pro-Line crabbing vessel that was idle with no one aboard.

Upon an immediate search, the Cormorant crew located a shoe, live bait and catch onboard the vessel.

Multiple agencies assisted in a search for hours on Wednesday and resumed their mission early Thursday after Singleton’s trailer and vehicle were located by authorities.

Search efforts were narrowed down based on information provided by friends and family – still, Singleton’s body could not be located.

Coast Guard crews resumed their search by air and water at first light on Friday.

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