UPDATE: Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman, wife talks to WWAY


OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) – It’s been one week since two men went missing off of Oak Island.

The U.S. Coast Guard has stopped its search for them. that does not mean the family though is stopping theirs.

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“We just need eyes on the water, eyes on the shore, just looking,” says Tina Hambrick.

The search for David Hambrick and Steve Chaney is now solely in the hands of the community.

“We got a phone call on Friday about noon that they were going to continue it for another day,” Hambrick adds.

David Hambrick’s wife Tina got that word just hours after her husband’s boat was found capsized fifteen miles east of Murrel’s Inlet South Carolina. The men were not on the boat but Hambrick says hope is not lost.

“There were three maybe four life jackets on the boat and only one was with it when it was recovered,” says Mrs. Hambrick.

The Coast Guard searched heavily for one more day. In a statement the Coast Guard says it exhausted its efforts and that its thoughts are with the family.

In total search crews covered more than thirty three thousand miles. That does not include the private vessel searches still going on.

“The magnitude of support has been unbelievable,” Hambrick says.

Support that the family needs now more than ever  in person and online. They  are continuing a fund to pay for people to search the waters for Hambrick and Chaney.

“I will not give up until I know something,” says Hambrick’s wife.


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Coast Guard suspended its search Saturday for two boaters, Steve Chaney and David Hambrick, who were reported missing near Oak Island.

The boat was discovered Friday 15 miles east of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

The Coast Guard, Navy and other agencies searched 33,154 miles for 247 hours off the North and South Carolina coasts, but neither of the men have been found.

“After an exhaustive search on the water and from the air over the past week, we made the difficult decision to stop searching on Saturday evening,” said Rear Adm. Meredith Austin, commander, 5th Coast Guard District. “We have been in close contact with the families, and our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.”