Coast Guard suspends search for missing NC fisherman

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Coast Guard Sector North Carolina suspended its search Sunday for a fisherman reported overdue with two others near Bogue Inlet last Friday.

The men’s capsized 19-foot skiff was discovered Saturday by a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City approximately five miles southwest of Bogue Inlet.

The Coast Guard recovered two of the three people reportedly on the vessel. One fisherman was hoisted and transferred to Smithfield Airport where he was transferred to local EMS for evaluation. The second individual was unresponsive when recovered and later pronounced deceased.

The third individual remains missing.

The Coast Guard and local agencies searched 2400 square nautical miles for more than 44 hours off the North Carolina coast before suspending the case.

“Following extensive searches on the water and from the air over the weekend, we made the difficult decision to suspend search operations on Sunday evening,” said Cmdr. Matt Moorlag, Sector North Carolina Chief of Response. “We have been in close contact with the families, and our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.”

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