WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing man in Currituck Sound at around 9:45 p.m.
The search encompassed 39 square miles over a 14-hour period.
Also searching were crews from Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Dare County EMS, Dare MedFlight and the Town of Duck Police Department.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the missing swimmer,” said Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Keith Moore, command duty officer for the case. “Suspending a search is one of the most difficult decisions we make in the Coast Guard.”
The Coast Guard and other agencies are searching for a missing man in Currituck Sound, North Carolina, Saturday.
Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington were alerted at about 1:05 p.m. that a 45-year-old man went missing while tubing behind a pontoon boat in Currituck Sound in the vicinity of Duck, North Carolina.
The missing man is wearing an orange bathing suit and was not wearing a life jacket.
Sector North Carolina watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, launched a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station Oregon Inlet in Nags Head, North Carolina, at about 1:10 p.m. and diverted an already-airborne MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, at 1:30 p.m.
The Coast Guard crews arrived on scene and joined Dare County boat crews and a Dare MedFlight air crew in searching for the man.
“Anyone with information about the missing man should contact the Sector North Carolina Command Center at 910-362-4015,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jared Stanton, operational unit controller for the case.