Coast Guard searching for missing NC boater

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard and Currituck Sheriff’s Office are searching for a missing boater after a vessel was found unmanned in Tulls Bay, N.C., Sunday evening.

Missing is Roland Halstead, 52, the operator of the vessel.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a report, at 7:30 p.m., from Currituck 911 dispatch reporting an abandoned 18-foot vessel with its motor idling and not anchored.

A rescue boat crew from Station Elizabeth City arrived to investigate and located a dog bowl on board and a small dog in a nearby marsh. An MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City arrived to assist in the search for Halstead, who was reported to have gone out earlier Sunday.

An MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, a rescue boat crew from Station Elizabeth City, members of the Currituck Sherrif’s Office, and multiple Good Samaritan vessels are currently on scene searching for Halstead.

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