Coast Guard searching for possible missing people offshore of Buxton

Published 6:01 pm Thursday, November 5, 2020

The Coast Guard reported Thursday just before 6 p.m. that it is searching for a possible missing people in the water approximately one mile offshore of Buxton.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a relayed report from crewmembers at Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet regarding a good Samaritan who reported an adrift orange life raft one mile offshore.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and diverted an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City who were conducting training in the area to the scene.

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Once on scene, the Coast Guard reports the aircrew deployed a rescue swimmer into the water to observe the life raft more closely. The life raft is reported to be a six-man orange life raft with a sea anchor inside and no visible marine growth or markings.

Crews from the Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal (WPC 1128) and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat boatcrew from Station Hatteras Inlet were launched to conduct a search of the area.

Current weather on scene is 70 degrees with the water temperature at 76 degrees and two to six foot seas, according to the Coast Guard.

Those with information regarding the possible origin of the life raft are asked to contact Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at 910-343-3880.

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