At approximately 7:15 PM, Monday, August 13, a 911 call was made reporting two adult males missing off south beach sandbar.
Tybee Island Fire Department responded and confirmed that two people were missing in the water. TIFD initiated a water search along with Tybee Marine Rescue Squad, US Coast Guard boat & helicopter rescue teams, GA DNR, Chatham Marine Patrol, and a Chatham Mosquito Control Helicopter. USCG helicopter returned to base at approximately 9:15pm.
Shore and limited water search continued until 10:30pm (high tide) Monday night.
Recovery efforts reconvened at dawn Tuesday morning and proceeded until dark Tuesday night when Tybee Island Fire and Rescue suspended recovery operations for the remainder of the day. The recovery efforts for the two individuals lost on Tuesday will resume at 6:00 AM Wednesday.
The TIFD team are fairly certain they have located at least one of the drowning victims, but due to water conditions were unable to complete retrieval.