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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  • by Anonymous Location: connecticut on Apr 26, 2010 at 09:41 PM
    I really wish I could get the entire story. What really happened?
  • by RESIDENT OF BERTIE on Apr 21, 2010 at 10:22 AM
    WELL SAID CRESTON SIMMONS. I AM AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE AND SOME PEOPLE NEED TO SEE THEM WORDS.
  • by To anonymous in Williamston Location: Williamston on Apr 19, 2010 at 07:27 PM
    Get your facts straight honey! Don't believe what you hear, okay.
  • by To Creston Location: Williamston on Apr 19, 2010 at 07:25 PM
    I don't know if WITN didn't post it or if it was so far back you didn't see it...but I wanted to thank you for saving my husband and his friends that night. It's sad that Quentin couldn't be saved as well.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2010 at 04:59 AM
    i am the captain of the css albemarle that rescued the 3 boaters in the river there are no racial issues we rescued 3people in distress i am a former fire fighterand emt also a navy veteran we found those boys in the river and stayed all night where we fornd them in the hopes the other young man would see our lighs and make his way to us. we did all we could with a 65 ft boat and broken down moter . our vessel was not equepted for search and rescue, im a father of 2 sons and i worry when they go out on the water it is funney that we just completed a 200 hundred mile oddesy up and down the roanoak river with problems all the way no says to us good job you saved 3 lives, only we hear and read the only the whit boys were saved,that we are rednecks, get over the war you lost, i want to tell you that you people should get over your own preducies and then maby you can help save someones life also. posted by creston simmons commanding replica css albemarle
  • by Anonymous Location: Williamston nc on Apr 18, 2010 at 07:06 PM
    WITN.... PLEASE POST MY COMMENT I SEE YOU ALL HAVE NOT BEEN POSTING SOME PEOPLE COMMENT'S WE THE PEOPLE OF MARTIN CO.NEED TO KNOW THE TRUE YOU KEEP POSTING COMMENTS FROM THE WIFE AND THE GIRLFRIEND OF THE BOAT OWNER.AND THAT IS NOT FAIR WE ALL WANT THE RIGHT TO POST COMMENTS Ms.Andrews, I am sorry for loss.i agree with lisa why did the owner move out of his home I saw him moving out with 2 of the martin co.Sheriff standing by so he could move his things out . why would u move if u did nothing wrong? and yes one of three did help with the search but not the other 2.and yes i think it is more to the story and i will be wait in look for update from Bertie Co.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2010 at 01:25 PM
    They found his body today. This is so sad.
  • by sweetheat Location: willimston on Apr 18, 2010 at 03:25 AM
    i use to see andrews riding his bike every morning coming from work and i honestly miss seeing him. i hope that he is ok bcuz he was a man and had a whole life ahead of him. i feel so sad when i hear something happen like this. the roanoke river is full of trees and branches i will never go down there and take a swim, this is very sad new and i wish that everything turns out for the best, my blessings goes out the the family and i hope he return home safe.
  • by Terri Location: williamston on Apr 17, 2010 at 06:34 PM
    Leann you are so smart you can't put someone in jail for a boating accident the law knows what happent and know why the boat sank .Thay have the boat and have ck it out. and know it broke down you don't know what you are talking about this could happen to one of your family members i am sure you wouldn'be running your big mouth then .
  • by Anonymous Location: Williamston on Apr 17, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    Lisa I know the boaters also and i know all three were tested at the hos. the owner of the boat is not who you think and the person you said has moved did so three weeks a go also the owner of the boat was on call that day and the one that moved helped with the search on monday and talked to mrs andrew at the boat ramp i saw him there that day the one that helped tuesday owned the boat so that means you are not as smart as you think.
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