Missing Currituck boater located by Coast Guard

By on April 18, 2013

The Coast Guard located a 70-year-old man Thursday morning near Powells Point after he was reported overdue the night before.

The man’s wife called Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet saying her husband had not returned from a fishing trip near the Wright Memorial Bridge, according to a press release.

He was located aboard his boat on the North River by a Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City boatcrew around 7:22 a.m Thursday.

The Coast Guard said the man beached his 14-foot, camouflaged jon boat and slept in it through the night rather than risk running out of fuel while en route to the boat ramp.

Also involved in the search were a boatcrew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-small from Station Oregon Inlet, an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office.

The search area included Currituck Sound, Coinjock Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway.

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April 23, 2013 7:23 pm

Proof of ownership of a simple cell phone and a zip-lock bag ought to be a requirement for registering your boat. Here we have a situation that would have cost a hell of a lot less money had this gentleman been armed with these simple tools than the cost of the Coast Guard response.

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