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Press Release | April 9, 2024

UPDATE 2: Coast Guard resumes search for missing boater off North Carolina coast

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard has resumed its search for a missing boater Tuesday off the coast of North Carolina.  

A good Samaritan located a vessel matching the description of the boat Jeffery Kale was aboard, nearly 83 miles east of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.  

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina issued an urgent marine information bulletin to mariners in the area, requesting assistance locating Kale. Multiple U.S. Navy assets in the area responded to the urgent marine information bulletin and are assisting the Coast Guard in the search. 

The vessel had fishing gear engaged and was moving northeast at nearly 6 miles per hour. There was no one aboard and no visible damage to the vessel.   

Coastal patrol boat USCGC Steelhead (WPB 87324), an Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130 Hercules airplane crew and various Navy assets are searching for Kale.  

A commercial towing company will retrieve the vessel and tow it to shore.