Boating Accident Victim Released From Hospital

A man who spent almost an entire day clinging to an overturned boat in the Atlantic Ocean has been released from the hospital.

Bao Nguyen had been at Pitt County Memorial Hospital since last Tuesday after a passing boat spotted the man clinging to his Fountain powerboat, some 30 miles south of Cape Lookout.

Kim Nguyen, Bao's brother, and friend Jimmy Nguyen have been missing since that accident.

The Coast Guard says it suspended the search Wednesday night after searching some 3,000 nautical square miles for the men. The family has searched using private boats and a helicopter in the area where the men might be located.

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While the U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for two missing boaters, the family is now using their own helicopter in hopes of locating the men.

Kim Nguyen, and friend Jimmy Nguyen have been missing since their Fountain powerboat capsized out in the Atlantic sometime Monday. Nguyen's brother, Bao, was rescued early Tuesday morning while clinging onto the boat.

The Coast Guard says it suspended the search Wednesday night after searching some 3,000 nautical square miles for the men. The family has searched using private boats and on Friday they rented a helicopter to start flying over the area where the men might be located.

Bao Nguyen remains in fair condition at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

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The Coast Guard says it's suspended its search for two missing boaters. It made the decision at 8:10PM Wednesday.

Searchers say they covered 3,000 nautical square miles.

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A man who clung to a capsized boat for almost a day is improving at Pitt County Memorial Hospital while his family and the Coast Guard searches for two other men .

PCMH says Bao Nguyen is now listed in fair condition at the hospital, an improvement from serious on Tuesday.

Nguyen was pulled from the Atlantic Tuesday morning by a passing boat, some 30 miles south of Cape Lookout.

Two other people on that Fountain powerboat remain missing. Relatives say Nguyen's brother, Kim, and a friend--Jimmy Nguyen--clung to the boat before passing out.

The Coast Guard has been searching for the two men with a helicopter, an airplane and a cutter. Wednesday, the Coast Guard said they will continue searching throughout the day.

The family says they are assembling volunteers for their own search. Ten family members have gone out from the Morehead City waterfront Wednesday morning and are seeking others to help.

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The Coast Guard searched throughout the night and into the morning Wednesday for two missing boaters and still no sign of the men.

Pedro, out of Cherry Point and the Coast Guard's helicopter, took off at first light Wednsday morning to continue to look for Kim Nguyen of Morehead City and Jimmy Nguyen of Raleigh.

A third boater, Bao Nyugen was rescused by a good samaritan after the Powerboat the men were in took on water and sank, just
30 miles south of Cape Lookout National Seashore.

Officials say they planed to continue looking for the two men for the remainder of Wednesday.

Wednesday evening they were deciding if they will continue the search Thursday.


Relatives say three men clung to their capsized boat with two of them eventually passing out. Hours later a passing boat rescued the third man.

The Coast Guard continues searching for those two men off the Crystal Coast.

We're told a 31-foot Fountain powerboat capsized about 30 miles south of Cape Lookout National Seashore. The Coast Guard says a good Samaritan saw one boater clinging for life to the vessel around 6:00am Tuesday. That man had been in the water for almost an entire day.

Relatives identify the rescued man as Bao Nguyen of New Bern. They say his brother, Kim Nguyen of Morehead City, is missing. The other man missing is Jimmy Nguyen of Raleigh, who they say is a friend.

Crews say the rescued man is suffering from hypothermia and was airlifted by Cherry Point's Pedro Helicopter to Onslow Memorial Hospital. Nguyen was transferred to Pitt County Memorial Hospital where he is now in serious condition.

The Coast Guard says the trio left from Anchorage Marina in Atlantic Beach and that the powerboat capsized between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Monday morning.

Relatives say they have learned that the boat's water pump failed and it started to sink. That boat was brought to Radio Island late Tuesday afternoon.

The crew from a passing vessel, the Monica M, spotted the capsized boat around 6:00 a.m. Tuesday with one man clinging to the hull. They pulled him to safety and notified the Coast Guard.

It's believed the two missing men, ages 35 and 37-years-old, were both wearing life jackets.

The Coast Guard is using a MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew and an HC-130J Hercules rescue plane crew from Elizabeth City, a rescue boat crew from Fort Macon and the Coast Guard Cutter Beluga in the search for the missing men.

Stay with WITN News and for more on this developing story.

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  • by Chau Location: Australia on May 20, 2010 at 06:38 AM
    come back to your family chu Kim ♥
  • by tina Location: morehead city on May 19, 2010 at 02:22 AM
    hope for my love one somewhere be safe,i love you,miss you,&you are my life,i get lost without you,babe,i beleive we had connection,i will do all my best ,you always in my heart every seconds,minutes,& forever
  • by Lan Tran Location: Australia on May 19, 2010 at 12:00 AM
    My Dearest Uncle Kim, you are in my heart everyday and always will be. I still believe that you are still out there somewhere, as Uncle Chau said, Hoping you at least in another persons safety. This Friday, we're going to be prayinh for you uncle, so i just hope you're there, somewhere
  • by tina Location: morehead city,nc on May 18, 2010 at 06:04 PM
    my family still searching for Kim & Jimmy,I strongly belive he still alive,please prays for them be safe & thanks so much for your supports!
  • by Lien Dang Location: San Diego,California on May 17, 2010 at 09:51 PM
    My grandmother and our family are unfortunate to hear from Kim Nguyen(about to be cousin in-law)was missing and we hope to find him as soon as possible; we will pray for him.
  • by John Location: Washington on May 17, 2010 at 09:24 AM
    Ok, WITN...what is the reason the boat went down, details make a story not vauge comments like, "went down"! Do some investicative reporting.. A boat just doesnot sink for no reason!
  • by Hoa & Van Location: Stockton, California on May 16, 2010 at 05:47 AM
    Our thoughts and pray are w/ Kim, Jimmy, and both families. May God also help Bao soon recovered.
  • by Tina Dang Location: Morehead city NC on May 15, 2010 at 07:44 PM
    this is tina,Kim Nguyen (fiance),thanks for everyone that helped us looking for Kim Nguyen and I'm strongly belive he's stiil alive and I am still waiting for him to come home because our wedding is on May 30 and please keep an eyes on him and pray for him be safe and come home soon thank you
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2010 at 11:36 PM
    Days have passed by, yet I am still drifting Thinking thoughts, seemingly uplifting My hunger has peaked, my thirst unending Praying and hoping for rescue, someone will be sending The blue waves grow dimmer, the sky is turning black I still have hope, that I will get back....... May god be with us all!!!
  • by Sadina Phan Location: New Bern, NC on May 14, 2010 at 06:24 PM
    Please someone whose out fishing or boating, please be prefer to help search around. If you see any evidence or even key fact that can help us find my uncle Kim and Jimmy. I hope that they are staying strong and are somewhere out there hoping for us to find them. Thank you friends and family for your support. - Sadina

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