Coast Guard concludes search for missing man on Neuse River

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard and other agencies concluded their search for a man after his boat sank in the Neuse River near Oriental Friday.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Hobucken recovered the body of a man matching the description of the missing man after the body was located by a good Samaritan.

A North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission crew initially rescued the man’s son from the water who indicated his father was missing after their boat sank at approximately 1 a.m. in the Neuse River southeast of Oriental, just west of the South River entrance.

“Our sincerest condolences go out to the friends and family during this very difficult time,” said Lt. Tiffany Zehnle, Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command duty officer for the case. “We’re grateful to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources commission crew who arrived on scene first and rescued this man’s son, and for our state and local partner agencies who worked so hard with us on this search.”

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