WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH -- Local Coast Guard crews are helping in the search for four boaters missing at sea.
Officials say the 54-foot boat named "Flying Colours" sent out a distress signal early Monday morning about 120 miles southeast of Cape Lookout.
The "Flying Colours" is a blue-hulled white-top vessel with teak decks and stainless steel rails.
Because no debris has been found, it is possible the boat is afloat but damaged and unable to communicate its position.
Coast Guard crews are searching a 100-square mile area for the boat.