Update: Coast Guard Suspends Search For Missing Man

The Coast Guard says they have suspended their search for Michael Dodick just after 8:30pm Saturday.

A spokesperson says over the last three days the Coast Guard has searched more than thirteen-thousand square miles. The spokesperson adds that's roughly the size of the state of Maryland.

“The decision to suspend was made after an exhaustive effort was expended by numerous Coast Guard units from Air Station Elizabeth City to Station Emerald Isle," said Captain June Ryan, Commander of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Michael Dodick during this very difficult time.”

Here is the news release given to WITN by the Coast Guard:

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. - The Coast Guard suspended its search at 8:34 p.m. Saturday for Michael Dodick, a boater missing since Thursday.

In the past three days, Coast Guard search and rescue crews searched 13,413 square miles, an area roughly equivalent to the size of Maryland.

Aircrews from Air Station Elizabeth City flew 21 search patterns aboard HC-130J airplanes and MH-60J helicopters. Coast Guard cutters Elm, Block Island and Staten Island, as well as small boats from stations Fort Macon and Emerald Isle conducted 11 search patterns. A Pedro helicopter crew from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point also supported the search effort by completing two search patterns.

“The decision to suspend was made after an exhaustive effort was expended by numerous Coast Guard units from Air Station Elizabeth City to Station Emerald Isle," said Captain June Ryan, Commander of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Michael Dodick during this very difficult time.”

Previous story:

A missing man's boat has been found, but there is no sign of him.

The U.S. Coast Guard has been searching for the overdue boater off the coast of Atlantic Beach.

67-year-old Michael Dodick was supposed to return at 4:00 p.m. Thursday after a day of dolphin fishing some 40 miles off the coast.

His girlfriend told authorities the Statesville man left around 5:30 a.m. in a 28-foot Grady White boat from Anchorage Marina.

The Coast Guard tells WITN News that the boat washed up on the beach at Camp Lejeune this morning, with it's engines running.

There is no sign of Dodick and rescue crews are now searching for him in nearby waters.

The boat, "Slow and Easy" was found with all it's fishing lines broken.

Coast Guard crews had been searching for the boat throughout the night aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island, 47-foot rescue boats from Station Fort Macon, and an HC-130J Hercules airplane and MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City.

A Pedro helicopter rescue crew from Cherry Point and military police at Camp Lejeune are also searching.

"Since finding the boat the case has shifted to searching for a person in the water," said Lt. j.g. Scott Hembrook. "The Coast Guard is deploying all available assets and coordinating with the Marines for the search.


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  • by h Location: winterville on Jul 11, 2009 at 07:41 AM
    Sounds fishy to me. (No pun intended.) If the boat was found 20-24 hours after he left, would it still have enough gas for the motor to be running?
  • by s Location: jacksonville on Jul 10, 2009 at 06:48 PM
    I was one of the first on the site. The lines were caught in the running prop. There were 3 fresh dolphin on bord along with cold drinks. I hope they find this poor man soon. To think i was just helping to find out why his boat was left all alone!
  • by K on Jul 10, 2009 at 03:29 PM
    I't been a long time since I took German Class and I figured out the last line. Thank you for the translation, Wolfgang! I hope that they find this person safe and sound.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:29 PM
    Not very wise for a 67 year old to go out by himself like that. Hopefully he will turn up alive if he had his lifejacket on.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowitty on Jul 10, 2009 at 11:59 AM
    For those who can not read German I will translate Achtung's From Berlins comment. " Perhaps it is my uncle lost for a long time. He was stationed during the war in front of the Kueste North Carolina. I hope he is well. " I gather his uncle was in the German U Boat service during WW2?
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jul 10, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    Many fish are asleep in the deep so beware-B-he-he-he ware.Chubby on the little rascal's warned us.
  • by Cheese Danish Location: Copenhagen West on Jul 10, 2009 at 11:47 AM
    for fand, der er nogne tyske som leaser englesk, pa WITN. Jers Website er nu i hele verden
  • by Achtung! Location: Berlin on Jul 10, 2009 at 11:40 AM
    Vielleicht ist es ja mein lang verlorener Onkel. Er war waehrend des Krieges vor der Kueste North Carolinas stationiert. Ich hoffe es geht ihm gut.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jul 10, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    Submarine? - With all his fishing lines broken. He was dolphin fishing I am sure he was using a high pound test line. Seems like they were pulled then snapped. Just a guess. What about a Submarine? When the boat was pulled he fell overboard? Possible?
  • by gman Location: Winterville on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    I hope this gentleman is found and is ok. I don't think it is very wise to go that far offshore by yourself in a boat that size though. At least he made someone aware of where he was. I am sure the Coast Gaurd is making every effort to rescue him.
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