UPDATE: Coast Guard Searching For Missing Boater Thrown Overboard

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a man who fell overboard in rough seas near Oregon Inlet.

The Coast Guard said in a news release that the search was suspended Saturday night after 11 hours of searching for 28-year-old Christopher Panchyshyn of Richmond, Va.

Panchyshyn was one of three people thrown overboard earlier Saturday when the four-man crew decided the ocean was too rough and was rocked by a swell as they turned back into Oregon Inlet.

The last crew member left on the boat was able to recover two of the people, but Panchyshyn was not responsive and the crew lost sight of him while trying to recover him from the water.

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Coast Guard officials are searching for a missing boater who was thrown overboard in the vicinity of the Oregon Inlet after the boat he was in was rocked by a huge wave early Saturday morning.

Officials say around 8 a.m. a crew called the Coast Guard saying they realized conditions were too rough and decided to turn around. As they tried to return three of the four crew members were ejected from the boat when it was struck by a swell. The boat’s operator was able to recover two but the third was unresponsive.

The crew lost sight of the 28-year-old male while trying to recover him. The crew also reported that the missing boater was not wearing a personal floatation device.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City and two Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from Station Oregon Inlet were dispatched to search for the man.

Ocean Rescue crews from Nags Head and Cape Hatteras, N.C. are assisting in the search as well as crewmembers of the Chicamacomico Fire Department.

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  • by Debbie Location: nc on Apr 11, 2011 at 01:41 PM
    this is very sad I know people who know this man and it is hard to lose a friend,I know how rough the water can get in the inlets and how fast the under tow can take you out,god bless the family and hope recover effords do not stop. My heart felt prayers go out to the family and friends of Chris.
  • by barb Location: eastern NC on Apr 10, 2011 at 09:22 PM
    Unfortunately more accidents are going to happen since the state has stopped dreging out the channel. My sympathies to the family and friends.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2011 at 05:32 AM
    I hate Oregon Inlet myself. It is the worst on the Outer Banks as far as I am concerned. Huge amounts of tide and a narrow space to get through. I can see where accidents can happen.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 9, 2011 at 08:53 PM
    Get a little inflatable pfd in a pouch that attaches to one's belt. It's much like the yoke style. It's inconspicious and always there if needed. It is a bad feeling to be in the water with no pfd. Been there and don't intend to do it again.
  • by LSD Location: Henrico on Apr 9, 2011 at 03:53 PM
    That tragic old story again: too rough to press on but not rough enough to wear a PFD. Please, folks: wear that PFD!!!

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