South Carolina officials have released several 911 calls that were placed after a man vanished in the Atlantic Ocean in January.
At least four emergency calls were placed as Tyler Doyle’s 16-foot boat sank in the Little River inlet in Horry County on January 26. The Sun reported that Doyle, 22, did not call 911 during the ordeal, though he frantically called friends and family, who called 911.
A friend was on the boat with him before it experienced mechanical issues and sank, but Doyle had dropped him off on the Little River jetties while he took the boat to scout. That friend was rescued from the jetties and made the first of the 911 calls. Minutes after that first call, crews discovered Doyle’s boat almost completely submerged with the bow up and motor down and no sign of Doyle.
In one of the 911 calls, Doyle’s friend said, “I’m standing on the jetty rocks. He dropped me off. We were hunting, and he dropped me off on the jetty rocks to stand here while he took the boat out and tried to jump up some ducks and the motor cut off on the boat.”
The friend said in one of the 911 calls that there was a life jacket on the boat and Doyle was wearing one.
Various media outlets have chosen not to publicize a 911 call placed by Doyle’s aunt in which she believed Doyle was rescued only to learn he was still missing.
“They’re still looking for him?” she cried, according to The Post and Courier. “Jesus Christ, have mercy, no! We thought he was OK!”
The Sun reported that Doyle’s waders and wallet were found off the North Carolina coast on January 31, five days after his disappearance.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said foul play is not suspected in Doyle’s presumed death.
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