Coast Guard suspends search for missing 23-year-old man in Coinjock Bay, NC

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard suspended their search Monday for a 23-year-old man who was reported overdue while on a canoe trip in Coinjock Bay, N.C., Sunday.

Missing was Rick Balance of Coinjock, N.C.

Family members contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City, N.C., at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday, reporting Balance was overdue since 4 p.m.

The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched crews aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City Sunday.

The Coast Guard searched approximately 60 square miles for more than 12 hours.

25-foot Response Boat-Small.Coast Guard file photo by SN Vanessa Scasny

25-foot Response Boat-Small.Coast Guard file photo by SN Vanessa Scasny

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