Coast Guard searching for missing boater in Edenton Bay, NC

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Coast Guard is searching for an 83-year old man who went missing while fishing in Edenton Bay, near Edenton, North Carolina, Saturday.

The Coast Guard was notified by the man’s wife that he had gone fishing aboard a 21-foot pontoon boat and failed to return at approximately 6:30 p.m., Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina dispatched a 29-foot search and rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter search and rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.

The Coast Guard response boat crew discovered the man’s boat and fishing gear shortly after their search began.

Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City boat crews remained on scene searching throughout the night and Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City helicopter crews resumed their aerial search and rescue patterns Sunday morning.

Also assisting in the search is North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and Chowan County Emergency Services.

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