Search is on for missing boater near Kill Devil Hills

Published 7:18 pm Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Coast Guard announced Saturday, November 23 that it is searching for a 50-year-old boater who was reported missing 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. Thursday that Bye had failed to make contact at an agreed upon time by a family member.

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

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

Bye was scheduled to meet a friend in Belhaven on Saturday, 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.


The search patterns completed by Coast Guard members in their on-going search for Michael Bye. Coast Guard image



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