Cape Hatteras National Seashore identifies missing swimmer near Oregon Inlet


HATTERAS, N.C. (WAVY) – Authorities released the name of the 60-year-old swimmer who went missing on July 3 near the Oregon Inlet.

John Carmichael Healy, who goes by Michael Healy, was last seen swimming on a boogie board near Oregon Inlet on July 3 at around 9 o’clock in the morning .

He was visiting from Raleigh and started his swim three quarters of a mile south of off-road vehicle ramp 4.

His boogie board was later found in the water between near Bonner Bridge, according to Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The Coast Guard suspended their search late Wednesday night after searching for 16 and a half hours while National Park Service Rangers continue their patrol along the shoreline for Mr. Healy.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitors are encouraged to call 252-473-3444 regarding any information that could help find Michael Healy.


HATTERAS, N.C. (WAVY) The Coast Guard and other federal, state and local agencies searched throughout the day Wednesday, for a missing 60-year-old man near the Bonner Bridge.

The Coast Guard suspended their search Wednesday night, after saturating the search area with multiple assets and other agencies. 

The girlfriend of the man told Dare County 911 that he had gone out on a boogie board to swim in the inlet Wednesday morning, but he did not return.

Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet boat crews were launched alongside an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City.

A Coast Guard crew found his boogie board located against a span of the bridge.

Coast Guard crews worked alongside Dare County, North Carolina Parks Service, Cape Hatteras National Seashore park rangers and North Carolina Marine Patrol

“It’s especially busy as we begin the 4th of July weekend and it’s very important to be mindful of your environment and wear your life jacket as you head out on the water,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Scott Dempsey, a search and rescue coordinator at the Coast Guard’s 5th District in Portsmouth, Virginia. In the region, there have been at least six deaths of people not wearing life jackets in the past week.”

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The Cape Hatteras National Seashore issued a news release Wednesday that said a 60-year-old man went out in the water on a boogie board about three quarters of a mile offshore near vehicle ramp 4.

The board was later found in the water between the remaining section of the old Bonner Bridge and the new Marc Basnight Bridge.

The release said the U.S. Coast Guard, North Carolina Marine Patrol, Fish and Wildlife Service and Cape Hatteras National Seashore rangers have responded to search for the man.

Additional information was not immediately available.

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