U.S. Coast Guard, Oak Island Police searching for missing boater

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – The U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina and Oak Island Police Department are searching for 47-year-old Jeffrey Kale. Kale is from Clover, South Carolina.

According to police, Kale went fishing in the Atlantic Ocean on April 6 in his 32-foot Cape Horn Boat with hull number NC4431FA. Kale was last seen around 4 p.m. Saturday near the 55th Street boat ramp in Oak Island, according to Coast Guard Senior Chief Logan Adkisson.

Anyone who has contact with Kale or his boat is asked to call 911 or USCG Sector North Carolina command center at 910-343-3880.

“Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watch standers received a notification from Kale’s family stating he was overdue from a fishing trip around 10:30 p.m.,” the USCG said in a press release.

Rescue crews searching include:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130 Hercules airplane
  • Coastal patrol boat USCGC Steelhead (WPB 87324)
  • Coast Guard Station Oak Island 29-foot Response Boat-Small

As of Monday evening, officials have still not found any sign of Kale nor his boat.

OIPD provided the following update on Sunday, April 7:

“The Oak Island Police Department is still actively participating in the investigation of missing boater, Jeffrey Kale. We are still assisting the United States Coast Guard with any investigative leads and have been working directly with the family to ensure an efficient transfer of information. The United States Coast Guard is still actively searching fishing grounds and specific areas in the Atlantic Ocean based on previous trips and information from the family. A search grid has been established and the use of marine resources and Coast Guard aircraft are being utilized.”