Crews resumed the search Wednesday for a missing boater who was seen floating in the water off Salisbury before his disappeared.
The Coast Guard's Merrimack River Station launched a life boat and a Jayhawk helicopter crew to assist.
"He was walking, he was definitely cold", Souliotis said. While attempting to rescue him from the surf, the boat was struck by an 8 to 10-foot breaking wave, and when the crew recovered from the impact, the man was nowhere in sight.
For the next several hours, two Coast Guard boats, one from the Newburyport station and another from Gloucester, searched the area near the mouth.
"It's inherently unsafe just being out there", Kramer said.
Coast Guard, Hatteras Island Rescue Squad, Dare County Sheriff's Office, and National Park Service used helicopters, boats and jet skis to search for the missing swimmer Tuesday afternoon and evening. His name has not been released.
One of the men was rescued from a nearby jetty and brought to the hospital.
Coast Guard officials investigated the boat and said they found no evidence it was involved in a crash.
A man was seen being walked off the jetty by a Salisbury firefighter after he got out of the water on the rocks about 6:30 p.m.
The Coast Guard and first responders will continue the search at first light Wednesday morning.