Coast Guard joins search for missing boater in Pamlico Sound

Jonathan Hess
Jonathan Hess(Carteret County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 12:42 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 5:03 PM EDT
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CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - The Coast Guard has joined the search for a missing boater that Carteret County deputies announced was missing Wednesday.

The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office said Jonathan Hess, of Buxton, left the South River boat ramp around 4:00 p.m. Tuesday and hasn’t returned.

The Coast Guard said they were notified of the situation at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday.

WITN is told the 38-year-old man’s vehicle is still at the ramp and his cell phone is off with the last ping near Oriental.

Deputies say he was on a white 1995 23-foot May-Craft boat with a T-top.

The Coast Guard said it was a friend’s boat that Hess took out, and the boat’s owner searched for Hess overnight with no luck, before then alerting authorities.

The boat has a North Carolina registration of NC3749CH.

The Coast Guard says a Coast Guard helicopter crew and response boat crews from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet and Coast Guard Station Hobucken are searching for Hess. Other agencies, including the North Carolina Wildlife Resources, are also helping search.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Hess they should call the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 728-8400, Sector North Carolina Command Center at (910) 343-3880 or Carteret County Communications at (252) 726-1911.

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