Coast Guard suspends search for man near Cape Lookout, NC

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday for a man aboard a 22-foot Bayliner taking on water near the Lookout Bight Jetty in Cape Lookout, N.C.

A man contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Tuesday reporting his vessel was disabled and taking on water, and he was going to abandon the vessel.

Coast Guard crews actively searched for nearly nine hours, covering a search area of approximately 90 square nautical miles.

The following agencies and crews searched for the man reported to be in distress:

  • A TowBoat U.S. boatcrew
  • A 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon, N.C.
  • Two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Fort Macon
  • A crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island
  • A National Park Service boatcrew and personnel shore side
  • A CH-43 helicopter from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Emergency Rescue Squadron “PEDRO”

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