WILMINGTON, N.C. — After hours of searching for a missing boater, Coast Guard officials have made a decision to suspend the search. The boater was expected to meet a man Saturday approximately West of Frying Pan Tower but never showed.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center received a report from a friend of the boater.
The mariner is a 44-year-old caucasian male who is 6 feet, 2 inches tall with red hair weighing 220 pounds.
The mariner was seen on surveillance footage leaving the Federal Point Yacht Club between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on his 19-foot SeaCraft vessel.
Friends of the mariner reported that he has life jackets and radio on board his vessel.
Sector North Carolina command center watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched multiple Coast Guard assets.
“The decision to suspend a search is made after careful consideration of all aspects of a case,” said Cmdr. Corrie Sergent, the Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator for this case. “Our sincere thoughts go out to the family and friends of the individual involved in this case.”
Assets that conducted searches are:
- A C-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City
- A 47-foot Motor Life Boat boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Oak Island
- A 47-foot Motor Life Boat boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach
- Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder
The Coast Guard searched a total of approximately 7,498 square miles over the course of 53 hours.