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Charles "Chuck" Kuebler (file photo)
Charles “Chuck” Kuebler (file photo)

WILMINGTON – The Coast Guard last night suspended its search for missing swimmer Charles Kuebler.

The 58-year-old Wilmington resident, better known as “Chuck” to his friends and those who knew him as a booster and fan of local sports, went missing Tuesday after a morning swim at Wrightsville Beach. His vehicle, along with his keys and cellphone, were found parked nearby.

On Thursday, friends had started to organize an informal prayer vigil via social media and word of mouth. The set time and place is 7 p.m. on Thursday at Access Point 29, off Stone Street.

Kuebler has been a big advocate for youth sports in Wilmington for the past two decades. He is a staple at nearly every sporting event in the area and most recently served as head of the booster club at Laney High School.

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Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue, Wrightsville Beach Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a search of the water and beach strand around Wrighstville Beach and neighboring islands Tuesday night and Wednesday.

According to the Coast Guard, that search involved crews from Station Wrightsville Beach, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket,  helicopter crews from Air Station Elizabeth City, as well as crews from Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue. The search covered approximately 183 square miles and totaled about 37 hours.