Body Of Missing Boater Found In Albemarle Sound

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Missing boater vessel found anchored (Coast Guard Photo)

Authorities this afternoon found the body of a missing boater in the Albemarle Sound, a day after a passing motorist saw him fall overboard.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a dive team recovered the body of 42-year-old Jimmy Dwight McKinney of Edenton around 12:25 p.m.

The man's body was found near where his boat was discovered Sunday.

Officials said a driver on the Highway 32 Bridge near Edenton reported seeing the man fall overboard from a 39-foot boat around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

A good Samaritan found the boat and got it anchored, rescuing a dog that was still on-board.

Lt. Kevin Sawyer with the Washington County Sheriff's Office says it appears to be an accident.

Three dive teams from Eastern Carolina, the U.S. Coast Guard and multiple other agencies searched for the man both Sunday and Monday.


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The search continues Monday for a missing boater who was last seen falling into the Albemarle Sound.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from Elizabeth City, along with several area dive teams are searching for the boater.

Officials said a driver on the Highway 32 Bridge near Edenton reported seeing a man fall overboard from a 39-foot boat around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

A good Samaritan found the boat and got it anchored, rescuing a dog that was still on-board.

Officials searched the Albemarle Sound area most of the day Sunday by air and by water, but did not find the boater.


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The Coast Guard said they are waiting on further information from a local Sheriff's office before resuming the search for a missing boater.

Officials said a driver on the Highway 32 Bridge near Edenton reported seeing a man fall overboard on a 39-foot boat around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

A good Samaritan found the boat and got it anchored, rescuing a dog that was still on-board.

Officials searched the Albemarle Sound area most of the day Sunday by air and by water, but did not find the boater.

On Sunday, crews said searches would resume at sunrise Monday.

On Monday morning, the Coast Guard told WITN their crews were awaiting word from the Washington County Sheriff's Office investigators before deploying resources to restart the search.

Meteorologist Jim Howard estimated water temperatures to be in the mid-60s in the area of the missing boater.


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The Coast Guard says that it has temporarily suspended its search for a man who reportedly fell overboard his boat.

Officials have been searching the Albemarle Sound a quarter mile west of the Highway 32 Bridge near Edenton all day. A motorist on the bridge reported seeing the person fall overboard around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

The man’s 39-foot boat was found by a good Samaritan. It was anchored and said to have a dog aboard.

The Coast Guard says it will resume its search around sunrise on Monday.

An NC Wildlife boatcrew with a Hertford Police Department side scan sonar team and a NC Marine Patrol boatcrew are also scheduled to resume searching.

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The Coast Guard and locals in the east are searching for a man who reportedly fell overboard his boat.

Officials say that a driver crossing the Highway 32 Bridge over the Albemarle Sound contacted the Coast Guard saying they saw a man fall overboard a 39-foot boat around 11:30 Sunday morning.

The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched crews aboard a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City, and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to aid in the search.

Good Samaritans as well as a Chowan County marine police boat crew are also assisting in the search.


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