If you know someone who enjoys boating alone, send them this article. Using a kill switch lanyard and automatic inflatable PFD are “musts” for nature-loving solo boaters.
The family told rescue officials that they had received a phone call from Cahoon at 10 AM that morning and everything was fine then, but when Cahoon failed to arrive at a family gathering for Christmas Day they called authorities.
C.P. White, Wildlife Enforcement Officer for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), said Dare Central Communications was contacted by the family at 1:30 PM they dispatched the Manns Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, NCWRC, Dare County rescue, and the US Coast Guard.
Ensign Scott McGrew of the Coast Guard Oregon Inlet Station said the Coast Guard received the call from dispatch at 1:45 PM and two rescue boats were launched, one from Oregon Inlet and one from the Elizabeth City Coast Guard Station.
McGrew said that by 3:00 PM, Cahoon's body was found by a Dare County helicopter and the helicopter crew immediately directed Manns Harbor Fire Department to the scene to recover the body.
Fire Chief Clyde Gard said the incident was reported as a boating accident and that it is unknown what caused Cahoon to fall out of his 18-foot outboard fishing boat and drown. His boat, with the motor running, was found nearby.
SOLO BOATING SAFETY TIPS