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Coast Guard searches for missing man in Albemarle Sound

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Posted at 10:16 PM, Jul 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-06 22:24:16-04

HERTFORD, N.C. – A man is missing in the Albemarle Sound south of Hertford, according to the Coast Guard.

The man went missing near the entrance to the Yeopim River and an urgent marine information broadcast was issued.

A North Carolina Wildlife crew had arrived on scene before the Coast Guard and pulled one man from the water who reported last seeing the missing man clinging to a crab buoy near the entrance to the Yeopim River.

The rescued man reported he and the missing man went for a swim from the back of a pontoon boat but were not able to get back to the boat before it drifted away.

A Response Boat crew from Station Elizabeth City launched at about 5:30 p.m., and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City launched at about 6:15 p.m. in search of the man.