Coast Guard searching for overdue boater near Morehead City, N.C.

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – Coast Guard Sector North Carolina is searching for a missing 47-year-old man who departed the Morehead City Wildlife Ramp onboard a 22-foot skiff Wednesday afternoon.

Missing is Ernest Aguayo, Jr.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina began searching after receiving a report from Aguayo’s father at 6:00 p.m., stating that his son left the ramp at approximately 11:00 a.m., for a fishing trip and hadn’t returned.

A Coast Guard C-130 search and rescue crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and a search and rescue helicopter crew from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point were launched to search for Aguayo.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina is requesting that anyone with information concerning this case contact the Sector North Carolina command center at (252) 247 4570.

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