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Crews continue search for 3 overdue boaters in Winyah Bay

Members of the Coast Guard are searching for three people, who are overdue from a fishing trip in the area of Winyah Bay, according to authorities.

The search began late Thursday and is continuing today.

Jim Sanders, 67, Steve Sanders, 44, and Andy Murray, 34, were last seen Thursday morning leaving for a fishing trip aboard a 23-foot pleasure craft from South Island Ferry Landing near Georgetown, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Evanson.

They had planned to return before sunset Thursday.

Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Rhodes said the last contact with the men was at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and they were last seen near Belle Island. There have been no reports of distress signals from the men.

"They're overdue and it's a concern," Rhodes said.

A 25-foot rescue boat crew from the Georgetown Coast Guard station, a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Charleston, and members of the state's Department of Natural Resources and Georgetown County Sheriff's Office are searching for the trio.

Two planes, one from the Coast Guard and one from DNR, are flying offshore searching for the boaters, Rhodes said.

More details will be posted as they become available.

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