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.”
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.