OAK ISLAND, N.C. – Searchers found the bodies of four people missing from a small boat that overturned in the Atlantic Ocean more than a mile from shore, the Coast Guard said Thursday.
Two survivors were able to swim to Oak Island, in the state's southern tip, and were hospitalized, Coast Guard spokesman Mark Adams said.
The bodies of the four others who had been aboard the 18-foot boat when it capsized Wednesday evening were discovered shortly before midnight. The boaters, who had set out from nearby Shallotte, at first tied themselves to the craft, but about 10 p.m. they tried to swim the 1 1/2 miles to shore, Adams said.
The four victims were all wearing life jackets when their bodies were found in the 58-degree water. They were identified as men in their 20s and 30s from Banner Elk, in the North Carolina mountains.