Coast Guard suspends search after radio beacon alert, debris found off Wilmington coast

Coast Guard suspends search after radio beacon alert, debris found off Wilmington coast
The Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing vessel after being alerted by an unregistered emergency position indicating radio beacon and finding debris approximately 126 miles southeast of Wilmington, Tuesday morning. (Source: Coast Guard)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a possible missing vessel after receiving an alert from an unregistered emergency radio beacon and finding debris approximately 126 miles off the coast of Wilmington.

Officials at the Coast Guard’s District Five command center in Portsmouth, Va. received the distress alert around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

“Watchstanders issued an enhanced group calling alert, launched aircrews aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton to search the area. Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System vessels agreed to search the area as well,” Coast Guard officials stated in a news release.

Once at the scene, aircrews spotted netting, floats, and other debris in the area.

Crews searched approximately 2663 square miles since Tuesday but no additional signs of distress were found and no vessels were reported as overdue.

“We would like to thank our maritime partners in AMVER who agreed to assist in this case,” said Lt. j.g. Victoria Moon, watchstander during the case “We ask that owners of EPIRB’s ensure they register their devices. It allows us to quickly reach the owners in emergency situations and expedites search and rescue. If anyone believes they have information that can assist this case, please call the District Five command center at 757-398-6231.”

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