COAST GUARD SEARCHING FOR MISSING BOATER

 PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard is searching for the operator of a 20-foot pleasure craft reported overdue near Perquimans River, N.C., Wednesday night.

Coast Guard crews are searching for Roger Turner, Jr, after his vessel was located unoccupied this morning in a marshy area near the mouth of the Perquimans river.

The vessel’s other occupant, his wife Susan Turner, swam ashore this morning after falling overboard at approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Susan Turner swam ashore between Reed and Stevens Point after spending twelve hours in the water. She was knocked overboard after the vessel encountered a large wave. It is unknown if Roger Turner, Jr., fell overboard at the same time as his wife.

Susan Turner stated that she swam from one crab pot buoy to another in order to stay afloat. Neither she nor her husband was wearing a life jacket.

The Coast Guard, the Perquimans County Sherriff’s Department and North Carolina Wildlife vessels are searching for the missing man.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Roger Turner, Jr., is urged to contact Coast Guard Sector North Carolina at (252) 247-4570.

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