Coast Guard searching for missing kayaker in York River, Va.

60 Elizabeth CityPORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and others are searching Saturday for a person in the York River south of Belleview.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth were notified by James City County personnel at about 12:50 p.m. that a good Samaritan witnessed a lime green kayak capsize with one person aboard north of York River State Park. The good Samaritan did not see the person resurface and entered the water wearing a life jacket in an attempt to help.

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads launched a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew out of Coast Guard Station Milford Haven and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew out of Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

Both Coast Guard crews arrived on scene after 2 p.m. and began searching along with crews from James City County, Virginia Marine Resources Commission and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Crews remain on scene searching.

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