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Search and recovery efforts suspended at Lake Hartwell after man thrown overboard during storms

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Rescue underway at Lake Hartwell after couple ejected from boat during storm (FOX Carolina/ 7/15/17) Rescue underway at Lake Hartwell after couple ejected from boat during storm (FOX Carolina/ 7/15/17)
Rescue underway at Lake Hartwell after couple ejected from boat during storm (FOX Carolina/ 7/16/17) Rescue underway at Lake Hartwell after couple ejected from boat during storm (FOX Carolina/ 7/16/17)
LAKE HARTWELL, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Search and rescue efforts at Lake Hartwell for a man thrown overboard during storms nearly two weeks ago have been scaled back, per the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.

The initial call came in at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, July 15 as a possible drowning near the Singing Pines Boat Ramp. Deputies said a couple was out boating during the afternoon storms when they were thrown from the boat.

Officials said a passing boater was able to pull the woman to safety, but not her husband. They say he has not been seen since the call.

Officials with the Army Corps of engineers said the boat kept on moving after the couple was ejected. They located it at the Georgia state line in Hart County.

Dive teams who worked all through the night on Saturday were back at the lake Sunday, July 16 around 7 a.m. to continue recovery efforts.

The following day, Monday, July 17, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office identified the man as Kip Burrell.

Officials said rescue units began 12 hour shifts on Tuesday, July 18 and used sonar to search the lake for any signs of Burrell, but the general area they are looking in is pretty broad.

On Thursday, July 20, efforts continued with help from Anderson County Emergency Management, Anderson and Greenville County sonar boats and divers, MedShore, Oconee County Emergency Services, Williford Fire Department, Red Cross, Upstate Incident Management Anderson Technical Rescue, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and multiple South Carolina DNR sonar boats.

Nearly two weeks after Burrell was first reported missing after being thrown overboard, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office announced that Anderson County emergency response agencies had demobilized from the Singing Pines Recreation Area.

Burrell has still not been located at this time, however the Sheriff's Office along with other agencies have vowed to remain watchful as fly-overs and lake patrols in the area continue the search.

More than 25 agencies provided resources and equipment during the course of the search, including local, state and federal organizations, several churches, volunteers and other individuals.

“We have utilized all resources that have been made available to us including local, State and Federal organizations. Dive teams along with multiple types of sonar instruments, marine patrol units, and shore support personnel have worked tirelessly to locate and recover Mr. Burrell,” said Lt. David Baker.

The public is asked to call 911 if they see anything on the lake the might help locate Mr. Burrell. 

Stay with FOX Carolina for the latest on this developing story.

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