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Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater off NC coast

Posted November 23, 2019 6:12 p.m. EST
Updated November 25, 2019 5:08 p.m. EST

Search for missing boater off NC coast (Coast Guard photos)

— The Coast Guard on Monday suspended its search for a 72-year-old boater who was reported missing Saturday while sailing from New York to Florida.

Michael Bye was reported to be sailing aboard his 35-foot recreational vessel, the H.M.S. Me II. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s Fifth District command center were notified at 7:40 p.m. Friday that Bye had failed to make contact at an agreed upon time by a family member.

Coast Guard search-and-rescue coordinators found his last position via cellphone in the vicinity of Kill Devil Hills.

The Coast Guard searched approximately 10,000 square miles using assets and personnel from the following units: Air Station Elizabeth City and stations in Hobucken, Hatteras Inlet, Emerald Isle, Wrightsville Beach, Fort Macon, Oak Island, Ocracoke Island and Elizabeth City.

"The decision to suspend a search-and-rescue case is never one we come to lightly," Capt. Jeffrey Janszen, chief of response for the Fifth Coast Guard District, said in a statement. "We offer our deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. Bye in this difficult time."

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