Coast Guard and local agencies searching for missing sailboat operator

USCG 45 foot RBM file photo

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for a missing person after a good Samaritan reported finding the sailing vessel Wampeter adrift in the vicinity of Little Creek Inlet with no one aboard, Thursday morning.

At approximately, 8:20 a.m. Thursday morning, Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center watchstanders received a report from a crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Markim II that he found a approximately 40-foot sailboat drifting toward the rocks with its lights on and engine running.

Two 25-foot response boat crews, a 45-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Little Creek and a Coast Guard HH-60 rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., were initially dispatched to the scene. Crews from Hampton Fire Rescue, Norfolk Police Department, Virginia Marine Police, Virginia Beach Police Department and Virginia Beach Fire Department are assisting in the search.

To report any information regarding this case, please contact the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center at 757-638-6635

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