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Coast Guard searching for missing boater in North Carolina

An 83-year old man went missing while fishing in North Carolina on Saturday, the Coast Guard said.
Credit: 13News Now
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WILMINGTON, N.C., (WVEC) — The Coast Guard is searching for an 83-year old man who went missing while fishing in North Carolina Saturday.

The man was fishing in Edenton Bay, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

The man’s wife notified the Coast Guard that her husband had gone fishing aboard a 21-foot pontoon boat and failed to return around 6:30 p.m.

A 29-foot search and rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter search and rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City were dispatched.

A crew discovered the man’s boat and fishing gear shortly after their search began.

Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City boat crews remained on scene searching throughout the night and Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City helicopter crews resumed their aerial search Sunday morning, the news release said.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and Chowan County Emergency Services are also assisting in the search.

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