Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater in Alligator River

5th Coast Guard District NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard suspended its search at approximately 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for a 32-year-old man who went missing at Brier Hall Point in the Alligator River near the entrance to the Albemarle Sound in North Carolina.

The responders searched eight and a half hours for the missing man covering approximately 80 square miles.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders received notification at noon via the Dare County 911 Dispatch Center from Manns Harbor Fire Department that a vessel was sinking and two people were in the water.

Dare County also reported that one man swam to shore, but the other was still missing.

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a helicopter crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, in Elizabeth City, N.C., and a crew aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water from Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City, to search with Manns Harbor Fire Department.

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