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Update: Search Continues For Missing Boater

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Lee Rogers
July 16, 2017 - 5:10 pm

Anderson, SC (Tuesday, July 18, [email protected] 2:00 p.m.)

Search and Rescue efforts continue on Lake Hartwell today for missing Boater Kip Burrell age 54, who was ejected from his boat during a severe storm on Saturday afternoon (July 15th).

A Search of the lake began immediately following the incident and is on-going. Emergency Personnel remain on scene at Lake Hartwell/Singing Pines Recreation Area.

Resources on hand today (7/18/2017) include:


Abbeville County (Sonar Boats, Divers)

Anderson County Emergency Management

Anderson County EMS

Anderson County CERT

Anderson Technical Rescue

Greenville County (Sonar Boats, Divers)

Greenville County Emergency Management

Med Shore

Oconee County (Boat)

Oconee County Emergency Services

Oconee Rotary Club

SC Dept. Of Natural Resources DNR (Multiple Sonar Boats)

Red Cross

Williford Fire Department


**Thank you to the Army Corps of Engineers and Duke Power with their assistance in keeping the Dam Closed during our search efforts**



Anderson, SC --  At around 430 pm, Saturday, a call of a possible drowning came in to Anderson County Dispatch near the Singing Pines Boat Ramp on Lake Hartwell in Anderson County at the Georgia Line.  Williford Fire Department responded along with Anderson County Technical Rescue Team. 

Anderson County Emergency Management began setting up resources at Singing Pines Recreation Area. This incident is being handled by SC DNR.  The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is providing assistance.

Mr. and Mrs. Burrell were boating on Lake Hartwell as a storm came up.  They were both ejected from the boat. 

Mrs. Burrell was rescued by a passing boater and brought to the Singing Pines boat ramp. Mr. Burrell was not located, however his 16ft Center Console boat was found on the Georgia Shoreline. 

Search and Rescue continued until midnight on the water while operational planning continued throughout the night.  At approximately 7am Sunday water operations began. 

Resources from Anderson County, Oconee County, SCDNR, Georgia DNR and Foothills Search & Rescue Team responded in the search efforts Saturday and Sunday:

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