Coast Guard suspends search for missing man near Oregon Inlet, NC

47-foot rescue boat

USCG file photo

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard suspended its search for the missing man at 7:49 p.m. Saturday.

Missing is Christopher Panchyshyn, 28, from Richmond, Va.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City and two Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from Station Oregon Inlet searched approximately 76 square miles over an 11-hour period.

Ocean Rescue crews from Nags Head and Cape Hatteras, N.C. assisted in the search as well as crewmembers of the Chicamacomico Fire Department.

At 8:15 a.m. Saturday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received notification that there was one person missing after falling overboard.

The crew stated that after transiting out of Oregon Inlet, they realized the sea state was too rough and decided to turn around. As they tried to return through the inlet three of the four crewmembers were ejected from the boat when it was struck by a swell. The boat’s operator was able to recover two but the Panchyshyn was unresponsive.

The crew lost sight of Panchyshyn while trying to recover him.

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