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USCG search for missing boater near Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

HC-130 Hercules Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, USCG Search Kill Devil
Archive image: Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City crewman Lt. Michael Rasch inspects the HC-130-J aircraft before they fly on a training mission.
US Coast Guard photo by PA2 Matthew Schofield.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The USCG search for a 72-year-old boater un Kill Devil Hills who was reported missing while sailing from New York to Florida, Saturday.

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.

Pictured here are the search patterns completed by Coast Guard members in their on-going search for Michael Bye, a 73-year-old man missing off the coast of North Carolina. USCG Search Kill Devil
Pictured here are the search patterns completed by Coast Guard members in their on-going search for Michael Bye, a 73-year-old man missing off the coast of North Carolina.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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

An HC-130 Hercules from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. is currently on-scene searching.

Bye was scheduled to meet a friend in Belhaven, North Carolina, today, but did not arrive.​ Anyone with additional information regarding this case should contact the D5 command center on VHF-FM channel 16 or at 757-398-6390.

Pictured here is the H.M.S Me II, a 35-foot recreational vessel, reported operated by Michael Bye, currently missing off the coast of North Carolina. USCG Search Kill Devil
Pictured here is the H.M.S Me II, a 35-foot recreational vessel, reported operated by Michael Bye, currently missing off the coast of North Carolina.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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