Coast Guard suspends search for missing 27-year-old woman near Portsmouth Island in NC


The Coast Guard searches the water for the driver.

OCRACOKE INLET, N.C. (WAVY) — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a 27-year-old woman who went missing on Saturday while canoeing in the water near Portsmouth Island in Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina.

Coast Guard officials say they were notified around 4:15 p.m. after a male called 911. He said he was with the woman and another male when the canoe capsized. However, his phone died after he reported only having one percent of battery left during the call.

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The Coast Guard sent a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew and a 24-foot shallow water special purpose craft boat crew, and eventually located one of the males next to a green canoe about 3 miles offshore Drum Inlet just before 10 a.m. on Sunday.

He was conscious and taken to the hospital for treatment.

The male who originally called 911 was also found ashore on Great Island by a good Samaritan. He said he had swam to shore.

By Monday night, the Coast Guard has suspended its search for the 27-year-old woman.

Over about 73 hours, the Coast Guard searched about 1,635 square nautical miles.

“The decision to suspend a search is the toughest part of my responsibilities,” said Capt. Matt Baer, commander, Sector North Carolina. “Our hearts are with the family who lost a loved one during this incident.”

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