Coast Guard continues search for missing boater

Published 6:31 am Monday, November 25, 2019

The Coast Guard continues their search for a 50-year-old boater who was reported missing while sailing from New York to Florida. They initially reported his age as 72.

Michael Bye was reported to be sailing aboard his 35-foot recreational vessel H.M.S. Me II.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s Fifth District command center were notified at 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 that Bye had failed to make contact at an agreed upon time by a family member. Initial reports from the Coast Guard indicated the notification occurred Friday, November 22.

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Coast Guard crews searched Sunday aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City as well as Coast Guard response boats until dark. Searches are planned to continue Monday morning.

The crew of the Jayhawk searched from Kitty Hawk to the Virginia state line. The crew of the Hercules searched between 50 and 75 miles off the coast of North Carolina.

Crews from Coast Guard small boat stations have also conducted patrols of their respective areas of responsibility for signs of the missing man and his vessel.

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. U.S. Coast Guard image



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