Coast Guard and local agencies search for boater near Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard and local responders are searching for a missing boater near the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel after his boat was found by a good Samaritan Saturday.

Missing is Jeff Harwood, described as in his mid-50s with dark hair and beard, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, 190-200 pounds.

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders were notified at approximately 7:30 a.m. by a caller form Old Point Comfort Marina in Hampton that a good Samaritan discovered a 28-foot sailing vessel adrift near the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel in the vicinity of Willoughby Bay.

Harwood had filed a float plan and was reported to sail from Western Branch Diesel here Friday night then arrive at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach at approximately 9 a.m. Saturday.

Coast Guard crews responded from Station Portsmouth, Air Station Elizabeth City and the Coast Guard Cutter Ibis. Crews from Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk and Portsmouth Police Departments and the Navy Sewell’s Point Harbor Patrol are also assisting with the search.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Sector Hampton Roads at 757-638-6637.

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