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The Search Continues For A Missing Boater In Bertie County

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

Bertie County authorities searched all Thursday for the missing boater in the Roanoke River but there was still no sign of him.

Chief Deputy Greg Atkins of the Bertie County Sheriff's Office says they used sonar equipment again Thursday to look for 22 year old Quentin Andrews. He's been missing since Saturday after a boating accident.

According to Atkins a team with the Norfolk Harbor Patrol was assisting in the search Thursday but even their sophisticated equipment didn't help.

Three others aboard the boat at the time it sank were rescued. Atkins says, authorities will most likely continue their search on Friday.

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Day four and recovery efforts continued for a missing boater in Bertie County.

Authorities have had no luck in locating the body of 22 year-old Quentin Andrews.

Bertie County chief deputy Greg Atkins says the search began around 8:30 Tuesday morning. Crews spent a second day using sonar equipment to try and locate Andrews.

One of the three survivors from the boating accident on Saturday went out with authorities on the boat to aid in the search.

Atkins says they will continue the recovery mission Wednesday.

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A group of men aboard a replica of the CSS Albemarle, headed to a Civil War re-enactment, ended up saving three boaters whose boat had capsized...they were unable to locate a fourth boater.

The iron-clad was running way behind because of mechanical problems and just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Crew-members say they heard screams in the water on the Roanoke River Saturday in Bertie County and quickly realized what had happened.

The Albemarle managed to get the three on board, call 9-1-1 and waited there for the authorities. They told us, they couldn't find anyone else in the water.

The search continues for 22 year-old Quentin Andrews. Monday the NC Emergency Response Team joined in recovery efforts. They'll be back out on the water Tuesday morning.

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Rescue crews will be back out on the Roanoke Rover Monday afternoon, searching for any sign of a missing boater.

Quentin Andrews was among four men on the boat that took on water and capsized during a fishing trip Saturday. The other three on the boat made it safely to shore.

Rescue crews searched for 15 hours this weekend, but found no sign of Andrews.

Crews will use sonar equipment to help with their search for the 22-year-old man.

Relatives say Andrews did not know how to swim and had never been on a boat before. "I'm getting in peace because I know that he's gone..you feel he's gone already," says Gladys Clark, who is Andrews' grandmother. "I'm hoping and praying, but in my heart I feel that he is."


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Three boaters have been found safely, while crews continue to look for a fourth in the Roanoke River, 22 year old Quenton Andrews, according to Bertie County Chief Deputy Greg Atkins.

Atkins tells WITN the four were involved in a boating accident Saturday night in the Roanoke River. Officials believe the accident was caused by a mechanical failure, but say they are still investigating.

Saturday night the Highway Patrol had a helicopter out looking for the fourth boater. The Coast Guard, sheriff's department, and Wildlife Commission were also searching.

On Sunday morning the Wildlife Commission, sheriff's office, and Bertie water rescue crew were out searching again.

We have a reporter headed to the scene and will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.


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