After a 16-hour effort, The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended the search for a 60-year-old man last seen swimming near Oregon Inlet on the morning of July 3.

The man, who was visiting from Raleigh, started his swim on a boogie board about three quarters of a mile south of off-road vehicle ramp 4. The board was later found in the water between the remaining section of the Bonner Bridge and the new Basnight Bridge.

The United States Coast Guard, North Carolina Marine Patrol, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service Rangers all helped search for the swimmer. National Park Service Rangers will continue the search over the next few days with increased shoreline patrols.

“We are grateful for the exceptional assistance we received from the United States Coast Guard, North Carolina Marine Patrol, and the Fish and Wildlife Service,” stated National Parks of Eastern North Carolina Superintendent David Hallac.

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