Coast Guard recovers body of boater who went missing in Currituck Sound

Posted at 10:50 PM, Sep 24, 2016

CURRITUCK Co., N.C. – The body of a missing boater was located on Tuesday.

At 12:20 p.m. the Coast Guard was notified by North Carolina Wildlife that the body of the missing man had been located four miles west of the McKay Island Refuge Headquarters Office.

The man was last seen Saturday on a skiff in the Currituck Sound west of Knotts Island in North Carolina.

He has been identified as 45-year-old Stacey Ronald Twiford of Moyock.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina got the notification about the unmanned 19-foot skiff circling just south of the entrance to Tull Bay around 6:40 Saturday evening.

Crews had been searching for the man by water and air, using a 29-foot Response Boat-Small as well as an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. In total, they searched more than 20 hours, covering 95 square miles.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the missing man’s family tonight,” said Chief Petty Officer Seth Haynes, command duty officer for Sector North Carolina.

The Coast Guard was joined by North Carolina Fish and Wildlife, the Currituck County Sheriff’s Department and good Samaritan crews.

The Coast Guard reports the man was not wearing a life jacket.