Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater near Oregon Inlet, NC

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FORT MACON, N.C. — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for one of two men who went into the water when their jon boat sank in the vicinity of the New River Inlet near Camp Lejeune, N.C., at approximately 10 p.m. Friday.

A 911 dispatcher received a call at 10:48 p.m. from one of the boaters stating that his friend was in the water and missing.

The boater said he and a friend were Flounder gigging when sea conditions started getting rough and their boat began taking on water. The boaters were trying to return to port when they abandoned their boat. The reporting source made it to an anchored barrel and decided to cut the line and use the barrel to return to shore after losing sight of his friend. Neither man was wearing a personal flotation device.

North Topsail Rescue and Camp Lejeune Rescue were first on scene.

At 11:45 p.m. watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center received a call from a member of the Onslow County Police Department requesting assistance with the search.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City were dispatched to assist with the search.

A helicopter crew from Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point and members from the Onslow County Police Department also responded to the incident.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders reported that after searching approximately 15 miles over a six-hour period they have suspended the search.

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