Coast Guard and Marine Corps searching for two missing boaters off Cape Lookout National Seashore

FORT MACON, N.C. – The Coast Guard and the Marine Corps are searching for two missing boaters after their vessel was found capsized about 30 miles south of Cape Lookout National Seashore.

The crew of a passing vessel, the Monica M, sighted a capsized 31-foot Fountain powerboat with one individual clinging to the hull Tuesday morning.

The crew pulled him from the water and notified Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at 5:56 a.m. The rescued man reported that two other people were with him aboard, but they were not in sight when the crew of the Monica M found the boat. Both were reportedly wearing life jackets.

It is believed that the vessel capsized between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Monday. It is also believed that the vessel departed from Anchorage Marina in Atlantic Beach, N.C.

A Pedro HH-46E helicopter rescue crew from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point transferred the rescued man, who is reportedly suffering from hypothermia, to Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, N.C., for medical attention.

The search for the two missing men is being conducted by an MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew and an HC-130J Hercules rescue plane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., a rescue boat crew from Station Fort Macon, and the Coast Guard Cutter Beluga.

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