Atlantic Beach

Editor's note: This article and headline were updated at 9:53 a.m. Monday, June 1, 2020, with the latest information.

ATLANTIC BEACH — The search for a suspected body seen floating offshore Sunday in Atlantic Beach has been suspended, according to Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Mike Simpson.

“We have suspended our search as of 7 p.m. last night,” Chief Simpson said in an email Monday morning. “Our staff will continue to patrol the beach and surf every 3-4 hours over the next couple of days.  Still no one has been reported missing.”

Chief Simpson said a family reported seeing a body floating between 300 and 500 yards off the beach near The Circle development district at about 2:22 p.m. Sunday. Two lifeguards on duty also reported seeing a body floating in the same area.

An Atlantic Beach Fire and Rescue Department jet ski was dispatched to the vicinity where the body was reportedly located, but Chief Simpson said the first responder lost sight of the body.

Pine Knoll Shores Fire and Rescue Department was called in to assist with the search, and the department also provided a jet ski.

The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched a 47-foot patrol boat, as well as a search and rescue helicopter from Elizabeth City, to assist with the search.

The person spotted was reportedly a white male.

 

Contact Cheryl Burke at 252-726-7081, ext. 255; email Cheryl@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @cherylccnt.

(Previous report)

This article was corrected at 9 a.m. Monday. The original article said a body was seen floating between 300 and 500 feet off the beach; it was actually seen between 300 and 500 yards.

ATLANTIC BEACH — Atlantic Beach and Pine Knoll Shores first responders, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, are searching for a person reported floating in the water Sunday afternoon off the Atlantic Beach strand.

Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Mike Simpson said a family reported seeing a body floating between 300 and 500 yards off the beach near the Circle about 2:22 p.m. Sunday. Two lifeguards on duty also reported seeing a body floating in the same area.

An Atlantic Beach Fire and Rescue jet ski was dispatched to the vicinity where the body was located, but Chief Simpson said the first responder lost sight of the body.

Pine Knoll Shores Fire and Rescue were called in to assist with the search, and the department also provided a jet ski.

The U.S. Coast Guard has sent a 47-foot patrol boat as well as a search and rescue helicopter from Elizabeth City to assist with the search.

“So far no one has reported anyone missing, but we are continuing the search,” Chief Simpson said. “We will probably call off the search later tonight but keep monitoring the beach and the surf over the next couple of days.”

The person spotted was reportedly a white male.

 

Contact Cheryl Burke at 252-726-7081, ext. 255; email Cheryl@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @cherylccnt.

(1) comment

Brooklinschafer

They should be sure to make sure ALL OF THEIR LIFEGAURDS ARE OFF THEIR PHONES WHEN THEY'RE ON WATCH AT WORK! Volunteer work whatever you wanna call it. They are suppose to keep our beaches safe! We saw it all happen. The lifegaurd was on her phone not even paying attention to anyone in the water. she should of been on her toes and not her phone!

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