The Coast Guard is searching around Kill Devil Hills for a 72-year-old boater reported missing since Friday.

Michael Bye was sailing his 35-foot vessel, the H.M.S. Me II from New York to Florida when he failed to make contact with a family member as agreed on Friday, according to a Coast Guard release.

His last known position was found by his cell phone near Kill Devil Hills, the release said. An HC-130 Hercules helicopter out of the Coast Guard Air Station in Elizabeth City was flying over the area Saturday.

Bye was scheduled to meet a friend in Belhaven, North Carolina Saturday, but did not arrive.

Anyone with additional information can contact the District 5 command center on VHF-FM channel 16 or at 757-398-6390.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5271, jeff.hampton@pilotonline.com

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