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Coast Guard searches for missing boaters

Posted May 11, 2010

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— The Coast Guard was searching Tuesday for two missing boaters after their vessel was found capsized about 30 miles south of Cape Lookout National Seashore.

The crew of a passing vessel sighted a capsized 31-foot Fountain powerboat shortly before 6 a.m. A man was clinging to the boat's hull, authorities said.

The crew of the passing boat pulled the man from the water and notified the Coast Guard. The man reported that two men were with him aboard, but they weren't in sight when he was rescued. Both were reportedly wearing life jackets.

Authorities said they believe that powerboat departed from Anchorage Marina in Atlantic Beach and then capsized between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Monday.

A helicopter rescue crew from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point transferred the rescued man, who reportedly suffered from hypothermia, to Onslow Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville for treatment.

A helicopter crew and a rescue plane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and a rescue boat crew from Station Fort Macon were taking part in the search for the boaters.

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  • hdo May 12, 2010

    I am a friend of the family. One of the gentlemen missing is to be married in three weeks and the other has a young child and one on the way. If anyone out there knows someone in the area with a boat, please help out there family by volunteering in the search. We know no one thinks we should be optimistic, but we cannot lose hope. Thank you.

  • telecaster May 11, 2010

    I am not sure narrow and 70mph makes it hard to capsize. Don't pay attention for a second in anything and you are in trouble. I hope they find those guys. 67 degrees is about a 2 day window.

  • beachboater May 11, 2010

    I don't know the number, but I expect the ocean is still pretty cool to be soaking overnight.

  • NCTar May 11, 2010

    Yeah, turning up a Fountain is a tough thing to do...Probably put the nose under.

  • ncguy May 11, 2010

    a 31 foot Fountain capsize? wow! the driver must have been really pushing it.

  • carolinagal78 May 11, 2010

    I cant imagine floating in the sea for 24hrs waiting to be rescued. I'm glad the man is safe and I hope they find his friends soon.