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The Coast Guard reported this evening that it is still searching for a 27-year-old woman in the vicinity of Portsmouth Island after receiving a call Saturday afternoon of a capsized canoe with passengers in Ocracoke Inlet.
Today (Oct. 10), the Coast Guard said in a press release that watch standers received a 911 call around 4:15 on Saturday of a capsized canoe with two people aboard.
Watch standers subsequently lost communication with the person who called in, who was a member of the same group.
A Jayhawk helicopter air crew located a conscious male survivor alongside a green canoe approximately 2.8 miles offshore of Drum Inlet at approximately 9:54 a.m. today.
The survivor was hoisted into the aircraft and transported to Carteret Hospital in Morehead City, Beaufort County.
A second survivor, the original reporting source, was found ashore on Great Island by a good Samaritan, at which point he reported swimming to shore and had last seen the missing person in the early Sunday morning hours.
Portsmouth Island is located south of Ocracoke Inlet from the village of Ocracoke. It is a tidal island connected, under most conditions, to north end of the North Core Banks.
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