Photo from U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing man on Tuesday at 6:34 p.m., following a fatal boating accident off of Oregon Inlet.

36-year-old Chad Dunn has been missing since sometime late Sunday or early Monday. Capt. Charlie “Griff” Griffin, 65, and his dog, Leila, were found deceased on Monday morning along Pea Island.

Watchstanders with the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center received a report of two overdue boaters on Sunday at approximately 11:35 p.m. The pair departed from Virginia Beach and were en route to Pirate’s Cove Marina, Manteo, for repairs.

“We searched for 41 hours, conducted 12 search patterns, and covered approximately 400 miles by air, sea, and on shore with our local partners to find Chad and bring him home,” said Cmdr. Corrie Sergent, Deputy, Sector North Carolina.

“No two cases are ever the same. It is one of the hardest decisions to call off a search, and we offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends affected by this tragic event.”

At the time the pair were reported missing, the visibility was a little over half a mile, seas at 4-6 feet, and wind 10-15 knots.

Crews involved in the search included:

  • Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet
  • Coast Guard Cutter Steelhead
  • Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City
  • National Park Service
  • NC Fish and wildlife
  • Dare County Sheriff’s Office

North Carolina Fish and Wildlife will conduct an investigation into the incident.

Photo from U.S. Coast Guard

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