Search for missing boater suspended

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The search for a 28-year-old Virginia man who went missing after a boat was hit by a swell in North Carolina's Oregon Inlet Sunday morning was suspended, Coast Guard Cmdr. Billy Mitchell said.

Rescue crews, including a helicopter, had been searching since about 8:30 a.m. for Christopher Panchyshyn. He and two other passengers were ejected from the 26-foot boat when it was struck by a series of waves, Mitchell said.

The owner of the boat was able to turn around and recover the other two passengers.

Panchyshyn was not wearing a life jacket.

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