UPDATED: Body of missing fisherman recovered from Currituck Sound

A Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City Jayhawk helicopter passes off the south end of Church's Island on July 2, 2021. [Sam Walker photo]

Updated, Tuesday 3 p.m.: The body of a missing fisherman was found Tuesday morning on the Corolla side of Currituck Sound.

Lynn Elkin, 61, of Waterlily disappeared while fishing about 1,000 yards off the north end of Church’s Island when his johnboat overturned Friday morning.

His body was located by a passing boater in the area of Wells Bay around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, roughly 10 miles south-southeast of Elkin’s last known location.

N.C. Wildlife Law Enforcement, N.C. Marine Patrol, Currituck Sherriff’s Office, Lower Currituck Fire and Rescue, Corolla Beach Rescue, Hertford County Emergency Management and local boaters have been looking for Elkin since he disappeared around 7:15 a.m. on Friday.

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The Coast Guard late Friday called off its search for a missing boater in the Currituck Sound.

Local, state and federal agencies searched an area of 28 square miles for approximately 12 hours Friday. The 62-year-old man’s boat and lifejacket were recovered.

Crews were dispatched to the north end of Church’s Island around 7:15 a.m. to a report of an overturned boat off Waterlily.

According to N.C. Wildlife Law Enforcement Sgt. Johnathan Beardsley, the man was fishing in a 12-foot johnboat near a friend who was within eyesight. After looking elsewhere, the friend said he spotted the boat overturned but no sign of the fisherman.

Beardsley said the man was last seen wearing a black button-up shirt and dark blue gym shorts.

Coast Guard, N.C. Wildlife Law Enforcement, N.C. Marine Patrol, Lower Currituck Fire and Rescue, Currituck County Sheriff’s Office, Corolla Beach Rescue and local residents searched on water and from the air.

Conditions on the Currituck Sound were choppy Friday morning, with a southwest wind of 10 to 15 mph and gusts to 20 at times.


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