Search for 2 people missing near Portsmouth Island

By on October 10, 2021

United States Coast Guard

The Coast Guard issued this release on about the search for two people in the water in the vicinity of Portsmouth Island in Ocracoke Inlet on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center received a report via 911 at approximately 4:15 p.m. of a capsized canoe with two people aboard. The reporting source witnessed the canoe capsize but reported having one percent battery life remaining.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City was launched as well as a 24-foot shallow water special purpose craft boat crew from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet.

Also searching are the Hyde County Sheriff’s Department, North Carolina Wildlife and North Carolina Park Services.




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