The Coast Guard has suspended a search for what was thought to be boaters in trouble.
Officials at the Coast Guard Station Hatteras Island say a helicopter from the air station in Elizabeth City started its second search for the source of a red flare about four miles off the coast of Buxton in Dare County. It failed to find anything this morning and the search was discontinued.
The Coast Guard received two reports of the red flare overnight. The first call came in at 8:45 p.m. Sunday. Search efforts overnight were hampered by fog on the water.
We're gathering details on a developing story overnight as a Coast Guard helicopter is preparing to go on a second search this morning for what might be boaters in trouble.
The Coast Guard says they received two reports of a red flare overnight, about four miles off the coast of Buxton in Dare County. The first call came in at 8:45 p.m. Sunday.
A Coast Guard helicopter from Elizabeth City was turned back because of heavy fog on the water; they say they plan to search again for the source of that flare at first light.