DUCK, N.C. — The Coast Guard is hoping for the best after failing to find a man who went missing in the Currituck Sound near Duck on the Outer Banks.

The Coast Guard said in a news release it ended its search for the 45-year-old man Saturday night after 14 hours. The unidentified man went missing while tubing behind a pontoon boat Saturday afternoon. The man wore an orange swim suit and no life jacket.

The Coast Guard and Dare County authorities sent boats and a helicopter to search.

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Keith Moore says the thoughts and prayers of searchers are with the man’s family and friends.