Coast Guard search continues this morning for second person; boater & dog found dead

OREGON INLET, N.C. (WITN) – One boater has been found dead, while the Coast Guard continues to search for a second person after a boat heading to the Outer Banks was overdue.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the boat was going from Virginia Beach to Wanchese for repairs when it was reported overdue around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

The last communication with the boat was at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday around Nags Head, says the Coast Guard.

Overnight, the Coast Guard says crews searched for the missing person between Nags Head and Rodanthe.

This morning, officials say search efforts are continuing. The Coast Guard says they will be searching by air, boat, as well as on the shoreline.

On Monday, a helicopter from Elizabeth City was able to complete two searches before bad weather came in, while a 47-foot boat from Oregon Inlet was also assisting with the search.

Along with the man found dead, the Coast Guard says it recovered the body of a dog about two miles south of Oregon Inlet, as well as the boat.

The man’s body was found on a beach where they had washed up, officials said, around 9:50 a.m. Monday.

We’re told that a medical examiner declared the man dead around 1:08 p.m. Monday, which was then reported to the Coast Guard.

Crews Monday afternoon were using ATVs to help with shoreline searches for the other person onboard.

Names of those on the boat are still being withheld this morning until families are notified, the Coast Guard tells us.

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