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RALEIGH, N.C. — The search for a missing boater in Wake County is expected to resume Tuesday morning.

Authorities told WRAL that a man and a woman were thrown from a boat on Falls Lake Monday afternoon. The boat continued to circle the water after they were thrown from it.

Doug Fletcher, a friend of the two people who were on the boat, told WRAL they were out on the lake for a day of fishing. Witnesses explained to Fletcher what happened.

“All of a sudden, they heard a strange noise,” Fletcher said. “He said he could see the boat circling around and around and around and it threw both of them out.”

The woman struggled to stay above water after being ejected from the boat, but the man was nowhere to be found. Fletcher said nearby boaters were able to pull the woman to safety.

It is still unclear whether the pair was wearing life jackets.

According to Lt. Wes Barger, the search for the man is expected to resume Tuesday at 8 a.m.

“An active search is going on for that missing person,” Barger told WRAL. “Search and rescue units will go back out on the water to conduct surface searches, shoreline searches and searches with their equipment on the boat.”