The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing man near Avon, Wednesday evening.
75-year-old fisherman Anthony Neri departed the Oregon Inlet Fishing
Center aboard a 21-foot white Carolina Skiff at 10 a.m. Monday and did
not return by sunset as scheduled, according to his wife.
Guard boat crews from Stations Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Inlet, the
crew of Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal, and aircrews from Air Station
Elizabeth City searched Pamlico Sound and offshore the Outer Banks
Monday evening through Wednesday evening.
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.
assisting in the search were personnel with the North Carolina Marine
Patrol, North Carolina Wildlife Resources and the National Park Service.
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.”
For the initial news release about this case, please visit: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/21cc0e4