Coast Guard searching for missing man in Suffolk, Va.

25-foot response boatSUFFOLK, Va. — The Coast Guard is searching for a man in the James River Monday near Holly Acres in Suffolk.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a call at approximately 1:50 a.m. from the Suffolk Police Department stating a man was in the James River. The man, suspected of DUI, was fleeing Suffolk Police Department officers when he abandoned his vehicle and headed to the James River. A Coast Guard Station Portsmouth 25-Foot Response Boat-Small crew launched at approximately 2 a.m. to assist and a Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched at 2:45 a.m. to join the search.

Police officers plan to launch a skiff to search for the missing man.

A second MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City is scheduled to launch to assist with the search.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads at (757)-668-5555.

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