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Authorities are trying to locate the owner of this paddle boat found off of North Beach in Hampton Friday morning. (courtesy)

Air, water search underway in Hampton after capsized boat found

HAMPTON - An air and water search is under way off of North Beach after an unoccupied paddle boat was found capsized late this morning.

The Coast Guard launched a search and rescue mission with help from local police following the discovery of the 8-foot Pelican paddle boat overturned in the area of North Beach.

Authorities are trying to locate the owner of the boat.

At this point, it’s not known whether anyone was on the boat when it capsized, said Lt. Eric Spragins, command duty officer with Coast Guard Sector Northern New England.

“Right now we're going to continue to search,” he said.

The Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor received a report of the unmanned boat around 10:45 a.m.

The boat was last seen Thursday night near 32 Noreast Lane in Hampton and was recovered near 1070 Ocean Lane in Hampton, officials said.

A camp fire was spotted in the area where the boat was last seen on shore.

Spragins said the Coast Guard is using a helicopter to search by air and a 47-foot motor life boat is also assisting with a water search near North Beach.

Local police are also assisting in the search.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at (207) 767-0303.

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