Missing Carolina angler’s boat found 2700 miles away

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Joseph Matthew Johnson’s boat was found in the Azores

A boat that washed up 2700 miles away from the Carolina coastline has added to the mystery of Joseph Matthew Johnson’s disappearance 7 months ago from Carolina Beach, N.C.

Johnson, 44-years-old of Carolina Beach, left in his boat from Federal Point Yacht Club on Nov. 22, 2021. He was reported missing on Nov. 27 when his friend showed up for a fishing trip they had planned.

Last week, Johnson’s boat, a 2006 Clearwater fishing boat, washed ashore on Sao Jorge Island, which is a part of the Azores, an archipelago about 800 miles west of Portugal and 2700 miles from Carolina Beach. But authorities found no sign of Johnson.

In November, the U.S. Coast Guard launched a search that covered 7500 miles, but found no trace of Johnson or his boat. 

Officials from Portugal are working closely with the Carolina Beach police department to piece together what happened to Johnson. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Carolina Beach PD at 910-458-2540.

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Brian Cope is the editor of Carolina Sportsman. He has won numerous awards for his writing, photography, and videography. He is a retired Air Force combat communications technician, and has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina. You can reach him at brianc@sportsmannetwork.com.

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