Multi-agency search for man in Currituck Sound, NC

29 New LondonWILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard, partner agencies and good Samaritans are searching for a man Sunday who was last seen Saturday aboard a skiff in Currituck Sound, west of Knotts Island, North Carolina.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received initial notification that an unmanned 19-foot skiff was circling just south of the entrance to Tull Bay at about 6:40 p.m. Saturday.

A 29-foot Response Boat-Small (RBS) crew trailered and transported an RBS over land from Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City and launched from Tulls Bay Marina at about 7:04 p.m. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched at about 7:14 p.m. Both crews were on scene searching at approximately 7:25 p.m.

Coast Guard crews, along with North Carolina Fish and Wildlife, Currituck County Sheriff’s Dept., and good Samaritan crews searched through the night and are continuing the search today.

The missing 45-year-old man was last seen by his sister from a different boat at approximately 6:20 p.m. Saturday.

He was reported to not be wearing a life jacket.

“The Coast Guard is working closely with other responders to locate this man,” said Chief Seth Haynes, command duty officer for Sector North Carolina. “Our crews, along with our state and local partners and several good Samaritan boaters searched through the night and continue searching today.”

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