Coast Guard, Navy search Rappahannock River for possible missing boater

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and the Navy are searching Thursday for an individual who may have fallen from a 10-foot boat into the Rappahannock River near Totuskey Creek.

A good Samaritan contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center watchstanders at approximately 9:42 a.m. to report an unmanned, partially submerged aluminum skiff adrift with a fishing pole aboard.

Sector watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched a crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Milford Haven to search for the boat’s potential occupant. Helicopter aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and Naval Station Norfolk are also assisting in the search.

The boat has a Virginia registration number and the name “Quachica” on it.

Anyone with information that can help aid in the search is encouraged to contact Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center watchstanders at 757-638-6637.

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