WANCHESE, N.C. (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a North Carolina man who is missing with his 15-foot zodiac boat.

A concerned friend of 51-year-old Jeffery Paul McCusker contacted Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet Tuesday night.

McCusker's vehicle had been parked at a boat ramp in Wanchese since Thursday, Jan. 31. Dare County sherriff's deputies found his wallet and driver's license inside.

The Coast Guard has dispatched search crews aboard a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and a 24-foot boat from its station at Oregon Inlet. Two private vessels are also assisting with the search.

Anyone with information regarding McCusker or his boat can call the Coast Guard or Dare 911.

AP-WF-02-06-13 2251GMT

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