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Tyler Doyle GoFundMe raises more than $20,000 as search for missing boater intensifies

On January 26, Tyler Doyle went missing after a boating accident in North Myrtle Beach. An extensive search for the 23-year-old began immediately afterwards but ended 45 hours later on January 28.

However, the search is expected to continue as items belonging to the boater have turned up near Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina. In a Facebook post by his wife, Lakelyn Chestnut Doyle said waders were found two miles east of Ocean Isle Beach. She also shared images of what appears to be Tyler Doyle’s license, which was recovered from the same area.

Amid the disappearance and the nerve-wracking search for the young boater, someone close to the family has set up a GoFundMe page to provide financial support to Lakelyn Doyle for a while. Hannah Faulk, the organizer, wrote:

“A lot of people heard that Tyler Doyle had a boating accident. His wife Lakelyn Doyle is expecting a new baby. I am creating this account to help her get on her feet and not have to worry about an income for a while.”

The fundraiser raised over $20,000, surpassing its goal of $15,000.

According to Tyler Doyle’s wife, the search for the missing boater continues

On January 26, Tyler Doyle went duck hunting on a 16-foot jon boat and did not return to shore. An active search was launched for him, lasting 45 hours and covering 694 miles, but to no avail.

On January 28, the United States Coast Guard Southeast announced the suspension of the search on its official Twitter account. The announcement also included a statement from Lt. Emily M. Trudeau, Charleston Sector PAO, who said:

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family at this difficult time.”

However, according to a Facebook post from Tyler Doyle’s wife, the search resumes Wednesday, February 1, after items believed to belong to Doyle were found near Ocean Isle Beach. Lakelyn Doyle explained that searchers are expected to bring in helicopters as part of the search on Wednesday.

According to the Coast Guard, the father-to-be was last seen in khaki pants and a camouflage jacket. On Wednesday afternoon, Greg Lucas of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources confirmed that “air resources will be available today.”

Boats from DNR, Brunswick County Law Enforcement and Horry County Fire Rescue are expected to be in the water along with the helicopters on Wednesday, according to Myrtle Beach Online, searching from the beach to shore using sonar scans.

A second person was rescued from the sinking boat off the northern jetties, according to authorities, but his identity and accident details have not yet been released.

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