Missing angler’s boat found offshore

Jeffrey Kale


Jeffrey Kale has been missing since April 6

Jeffrey Kale of Clover, SC headed offshore out of Southport Wildlife Boat Ramp near Oak Island, NC on April 6 for a solo fishing trip aboard his 32-foot Cape Horn. He was reported missing when he didn’t return and family members did not hear from him. His boat was found the afternoon of April 9, 2024. It was floating with no one on board, 83 miles east of Wrightsville Beach, said the U.S. Coast Guard, which reopened their search for Kale. They had called off the search a day before, after searching 7762 square miles during the 72-hour stretch.

A fellow boater found Kale’s vessel and reported it to authorities, who confirmed it was Kale’s boat.

Kale is a father and businessman, and was vacationing for spring break with his wife and sons. His wife said she last spoke to him on Saturday afternoon. His last cellphone ping was about 4:19 that afternoon, and the Coast Guard stated that was from the ocean, about a mile southwest of Baldhead Island. They also said Kale’s boat is equipped with an EPIRB, a distress beacon that can be activated manually, or if it falls into the water. The EPIRB, however, had not been activated.

If you have information that can help, call 911 or the U.S. Coast Guard’s local command center at 910-343-3880.


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