Possible debris found from missing fishing boat

Published: Nov. 20, 2023 at 4:23 PM EST
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The U.S. Coast Guard said it’s looking into reports of possible debris found from the fishing boat of three missing boaters from Brunswick.

This comes as families of the three men onboard wait for answers in what has been a weeks-long search.

The Coast Guard confirmed that a Good Samaritan discovered a bait box Sunday that, based on pictures, matched the description of one from the missing fishing vessel named the “Carol Ann.”

The box was found off the coast of St. Augustine, Fla.

A response crew went to the area to search for any other debris or signs of distress.

A broadcast alert was sent out, urging mariners in the area to keep a lookout.

The three men who were reported to be on the Carol Ann are Dalton Conway, Caleb Wilkinson and Tyler Barlow. The three have been missing for about a month after the boat did not return to Brunswick in October.

You may remember the Coast Guard ended its search for the boat last month and says they’re looking into whether this discovery is linked to the missing boat.

In a statement, the Coast Guard said, “Coast Guard cutters and aircraft routinely patrol the entire eastern seaboard and will be ready to respond should additional information become available that would prompt us to search a specific area.” Recently, the non-profit group, United Cajun Navy, joined the search for the three men. Crews from that group had been looking in waters north of Brunswick.

A group spokesperson said on Monday that crews will be coordinating a new search area following this discovery.