Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman after boat found overturned in Currituck County

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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.

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