Missing NC man believed headed to coast found safe

Missing NC man believed headed to coast found safe

HENDERSONVILLE, NC (WCSC) - A Silver Alert issued in North Carolina for man considered endangered and possibly headed to the North or South Carolina coastline has been canceled.

The 54-year-old man at the center of the alert was found Saturday off the coast of New Bern, North Carolina, according to the man's son.

Authorities issued the alert when the man disappeared from his home and was believed to be headed to the coast to pick up a boat he had reportedly purchased, but authorities said the man was believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

The man's son said when his father was found, he was in a sailboat he had recently purchased.

To help protect an increasing population of individuals that suffer from dementia or other cognitive impairment, North Carolina developed the Silver Alert program to quickly locate missing persons who may be endangered.

Copyright 2015 WCSC. All rights reserved.