Coast Guard calls off search for missing SC diver

The Associated PressJuly 15, 2014 

This graphic shows the overlay of Coast Guard search and rescue efforts for Tristen Allen, an 18-year-old diver who was reported missing off Folly Beach, S.C., Saturday, July 12, 2014.

This graphic shows the overlay of Coast Guard search and rescue efforts for Tristen Allen, an 18-year-old diver who was reported missing off Folly Beach, S.C., Saturday, July 12, 2014. Coast Guardsmen aboard planes, helicopters, boats and cutters saturated the search area, covering more than 2,759 square miles over a 53-hour period, and found no signs of Allen before ending the search at sunset July 14, 2014.

U.S. COAST GUARD

— The Coast Guard has called off the search for a diver missing off the South Carolina coast after searching for more than two days.

Capt. Ric Rodriguez with Coast Guard Sector Charleston says the search ended Monday evening.

Authorities say 18-year-old Tristen Allen was reported missing Saturday after he dove from a boat about 13 miles southeast of Folly Beach.

The Coast Guard used planes, helicopters, small boats and cutters to search almost 2,800 square miles of ocean. That's an area roughly the size of Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley counties combined.

Coast Guard searchers from as far away as North Carolina and Georgia participated in the effort.

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