Boating incident claims lives of Charlie Griffin and dog, search continues for missing occupant

Published 11:41 am Tuesday, March 5, 2024

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The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is leading the ongoing investigation into a fatal boating incident.

According to information from NCWRC Sgt. Anna Barbosa, on the morning of March 4, 2024, the U.S. Coast Guard received a report of an overdue vessel traveling from Virginia to Wanchese. “The 35′ vessel was subsequently located off Pea Island and the body of Charles Griffin Jr (Charlie Griffin) of Wanchese, NC and his dog (deceased) were recovered onshore near the same,” stated Barbosa.

The vessel, which had left from Rudee on March 3 and has the name J&E’s Goodrun on the back of it, appears to have capsized somewhere near Oregon Inlet, stated Barbosa.

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“Officers are searching around the inlet for the other missing male occupant,” stated Barbosa on Tuesday morning.

“It is with the deepest sadness we report that Charlie Griffin and his beloved dog, Leila, have passed away in a boating accident today, March 4th,” stated a Monday post on the Reels of Fortune Wicked Tuna Facebook page. “Please keep family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. We will forever remember Griff!”

NCWRC is leading the investigation into the incident along with assistance from officers from U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service, N.C. Marine Fisheries, Dare County Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Coast Guard.