Myrtle Beach resident Marcus Poe made a call to authorities Friday afternoon to inform them of a kite boarder in distress in the ocean off of Myrtle Beach State Park.
While crews responded, no one was found and a bevy of resources that were deployed were pulled later in the afternoon.
Poe believes the search should have ensued.
“My buddy and I were sitting at the end of the pier and we saw a kite boarder about a mile off between Surfside Pier and the state park pier.” Poe said. “He was gaining altitude, about 100, 150 feet when all of a sudden he caught some wind draft and fell straight down in the water. And then we didn’t see anything after that, no sail, no person, no body, no anything. So then I called to EMTs, police and rescue and everything.
“What might have happened is he might have been knocked out or tired or something.”
Myrtle Beach Fire Department and Horry County Police and Fire Rescue deployed jet skis into the water to search. A banner plane and the Coast Guard also assisted.
“The skis, the jet skis went out there, they sent some boats out there, the guys had binoculars and everything,” Poe said.
Jon Evans of MBFD said that the department was pulling its resources around 4 p.m., stating that the authorities were unable to verify if there ever was a person stranded in the ocean. Horry County Police and Fire Rescue shortly followed by pulling their resources.
“I can verify [that it happened], and so can my buddy Chauncey and a couple of other guys on the pier,” said Poe.
A Coast Guard representative said that the investigation is ongoing, but was unable to provide additional information.