Coast Guard and local authorities searching for 1 near Tangier Island, Va.

Coast Guard District 5 NewsBALTIMORE — The Coast Guard and local authorities are searching for one person after an emergency broadcast was sent from the plane they were aboard eight miles off the coast of Tangier Island Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received a call at 3:30 p.m. from an air traffic controller at Naval Air Station Patuxent River reporting a single-engine aircraft was declaring an emergency and losing power. The pilot stated he didn’t think he would be able to make it to Tangier Island Airport.

One person was reported to have made it ashore alive, and the other is still missing.

A 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew from Coast Guard Station Crisfield, Md., a 41-foot Utility Boat crew from Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes, Md., an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Albacore, homeported in Virginia Beach, Va., a Maryland State Police helicopter crew and a Maryland Natural Resource Police boatcrew are searching.

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