HARKERS ISLAND, CARTERET COUNTY -

Authorities have found the body of a boater who went missing during a clamming trip.

According to the Carteret County Sheriff's Office, the body of 51-year-old Ricky Lee Lewis was recovered from the water near the shore of Brown's Island near Harkers Island.

"We watched the currents and the wind and where they were directing stuff floating in the water," said Bryan Myers, Assistant Chief Harkers Island Fire Department. "We followed that and literally, it lead us right to him."

Investigators said they do not suspect foul play.

Lewis's was reported missing at about 9:48 p.m. Thursday by his brother, who said Lewis had been clamming near Back Sound. But a friend found his empty boat adrift at about 9 p.m. near Shell Point, on the east end of Harkers Island.

The anchor was inside the boat, along with several buckets of clams, the Carteret County Sheriff's Office said. The motor was trimmed up.

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The U.S. Coast Guard says it has been searching for a missing boater off Harkers Island.

According to a Coast Guard spokesman, 51-year-old Ricky Lee Lewis, from Harkers Island, was reported missing at 9:48 p.m. Thursday by his brother. The man said Lewis had been clamming near Back Sound, but that a friend found his empty boat adrift at about 9 p.m. near Shell Point, on the east end of Harkers Island.

The anchor was inside the boat, along with several buckets of clams, the Carteret County Sheriff's Office said. The motor was trimmed up.

A Coast Guard helicopter, along with the PEDRO rescue helicopter, Atlantic Beach Fire Department, Harkers Island Fire and Rescue and National Park personnel all assisted in the search.

The search was suspended overnight, but the Coast Guard says it resumed searching for Lewis with aircraft and surface units at first light Friday morning.

Anyone with information can call Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center at 910-343-3880 or Det. Lieutenant Michael A. Panzarella at 252-504-4804.