Coast Guard finds body, ending search for missing fisherman

November 19, 2018

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has found a body that appears to be an 83-year-old man who went missing while fishing in North Carolina.

The Coast Guard issued a news release Sunday saying it ended search efforts for the man who went missing over the weekend in Edenton Bay. They said they recovered a body matching his description.

The man was reported overdue from his fishing trip Saturday, launching a 325 square-mile (842 square km) search.

The Coast Guard said the man’s wife reported him missing after he went fishing on a 21-foot pontoon boat and failed to return Saturday night. The man’s boat and fishing gear was recovered not long after he went missing.

The search included a Coast Guard helicopter and boats, along with state and local crews.

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