January 24, 2016
UPDATE: USCG ends search for
missing hunter, but locals still looking
By IRENE NOLAN
U.S. Coast Guard suspended it search this afternoon for a missing
Frisco hunter, but local watermen were still searching in and around
"We're still hoping to find something," said Hatteras charter boat
captain, Rom Whitaker, who was out searching this morning with is two
sons, Rom Jr. and Cameron. All three of them hunt ducks frequently from
blinds in the area.
The two boys, Whitaker said this afternoon, were still searching around
Hatteras Inlet for Rich Baran, 47, who went missing yesterday while he
was by himself on a hunting trip in the area.
Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a report
Saturday at 11 p.m. from a good Samaritan that Baran was overdue from
A Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew launched from Station
Hatteras Inlet to search for the man. An MH-65 helicopter crew from Air
Station Elizabeth City launched and arrived on scene.
This morning, searchers found Baran's 25-foot boat near the old Dredge
Island in Hatteras Inlet. In it, they found his hunting gear,
ducks, and a phone. The anchor line was wrapped around the boat's
The Coast Guard was being assisted by the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad
and many watermen from both Hatteras and Ocracoke, who checked all of
the blinds in the area. Whitaker said Baran's blind was about 400 yards
from the Dredge Island.
The Coast Guard said that it suspended its search after crews searched
for approximately eight hours and covered more than 33 miles.
Baran, who grew up on the Jersey shore, has run a guide service out of
Hatteras Harbor Marina in Hatteras village for a number of years.