Coast Guard suspends search for missing mariner near Avon

By on November 20, 2018

Anthony Neri, 75, didn’t return from a fishing trip Monday. (Coast Guard photo)

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for 75-year-old mariner Anthony Neri, who did not return home from a fishing trip near Avon on Monday.

At 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Elizabeth City sighted Neri’s boat adrift and unmanned about 23 miles east of Rodanthe. The Nathan Bruckenthal crew and aircrews refocused their search to the vicinity in which the vessel was found.

Crews searched for a total of 61 hours and covered approximately 4,156 square miles, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

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Also assisting in the search were personnel with the North Carolina Marine Patrol, North Carolina Wildlife Resources and the National Park Service.

“Suspending a search always weighs heavily on everyone’s heart.,” said Capt. Bion Stewart, commander of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. “ There are simply no words to fully express how sorry we are we were unable to return Anthony home to his loved ones.”

Neri’s wife notified the Coast Guard that he left for a fishing trip in a 21-foot white Carolina Skiff at approximately 10 a.m. and was scheduled to return around sunset.

Anyone with information about Neri’s whereabouts should call the Sector North Carolina Command Center at 910-362-4015.

 

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