The body of a missing boogie boarder has been recovered from the ocean after several hours of searching.
The Coast Guard says one of its helicopters from the Coast Guard Air Station in Elizabeth City located the 38 year old around 4:45 p.m. Officials say they directed the Currituck Fire Department to a recovery position near the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.
The Currituck County Sheriff's Office says the man's body was recovered around mile marker 11 in Corolla. They have identified the dead man as Tri Tran of Springfield, Virginia.
The Coast Guard says its crews searched 75 square miles for approximately four hours before locating the 38-year-old Tran.
Petty Officer First Class Nathan Henise says the 38-year-old man was last seen off the Currituck Beach lighthouse area around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday. Witnesses say the man fell off his body board and never resurfaced.
An urgent message has been issued to nearby boats in the waters to look out for the man. Right now helicopters from Elizabeth City and a Coast Guard boat from Oregon Inlet is on its way to help.