CURRITUCK COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — The U.S Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing 61-year-old boater who went missing after his boat overturned Friday morning in Currituck County near the Currituck Sound.
Sgt. Johnathan Beardsley with N.C. Wildlife Law Enforcement said the man had a friend within eyesight at the time. After looking elsewhere, the friend said he spotted the 12-foot Jon boat overturned, but there was no sign of the man.
He was reported missing around 7:30 a.m.
The Coast Guard, N.C. Wildlife Law Enforcement, N.C. Marine Patrol, Lower Currituck Fire and Rescue and the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office were all involved in the search, including an MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter aircrew.
The Coast Guard said conditions were windy at the time the man went missing. He was last seen wearing blue shorts and a blue shirt, though his life jacket was recovered by authorities.
The search was suspended Friday evening after searching 28 square miles over a 12-hour period.