Search for missing boater near Frying Pan Shoals suspended by Coast Guard

Published 6:28 am Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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The Coast Guard announced Monday evening that it has suspended the search for a 44-year-old man in the vicinity of Frying Pan Shoals.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center received a report from a friend of the boater, according to a Coast Guard news release. The mariner was seen on surveillance footage leaving the Federal Point Yacht Club on Monday, November 22 between the hours of 10 and 11 a.m. on his 19-foot SeaCraft vessel.

The Coast Guard searched a total of approximately 7,498 square miles over the course of 53 hours.

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Assets that conducted searches include a C-130 Hercules aircraft aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Oak Island, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach, Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder and Coast Guard Cutter Razorbill.

“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.”