Coast Guard suspends search for 2 in downed helicopter

By on July 20, 2021

(Release for U.S. Coast Guard)

 Update: The Coast Guard has announced it is suspending its search for the two individuals who were in the helicopter that crashed in the Albemarle Sound.


July 20 at 3pm: The Coast Guard and partner agencies are searching for two people from a reported downed helicopter in the vicinity of the Albemarle Sound, Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center were notified by a concerned friend that lost communication with the two people aboard a Robinson R44 helicopter at 6:40 p.m., Monday. Watchstanders launched air and surface assets to search the Ablemarle Sound where the aircraft was last observed.

The two men departed from Mecklenburg Brunswick Regional Airport and planned to land at the Dare County Regional Airport the same evening.

At 10:46 a.m.,Tuesday, a good Samaritan recovered a backpack and personal belongings near the mouth of the Alligator River.

At 11:27 a.m., the MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew discovered helicopter debris in the water in the vicinity of the Alligator River Bridge in the Albemarle Sound.

Searching are:
  • A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City
  • An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City
  • A 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City
  • N.C. Marine Patrol
  • N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
  • Tyrell County Sheriff’s Department

U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic





  • C A

    Prayers for the families of those in that helicopter, that somehow peace and comfort can be found during what must be a horrible situation.

    Surely our Coast Guard, and list of responders will soon finish with the discoveries, and perhaps closure all may need.

    Tuesday, Jul 20 @ 4:13 pm
  • Deena Hodges

    I pray they find them safe.

    Tuesday, Jul 20 @ 10:48 pm
  • WS

    Prayers for their families. I can’t imagine what they are going through right now and praying for the two men to be found.

    Wednesday, Jul 21 @ 4:53 pm
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