Coast Guard suspends its search for missing man near Quinby, Va.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing man southeast of Quinby Saturday.

The 36-year-old missing man was last seen camping on Parramore Island around midnight Thursday.

The Coast Guard searched for a total of 30 hours covering approximately 142 square miles Friday and Saturday.

“One of the most difficult decisions we are forced to make in the Coast Guard is when to call off a search,” said Capt. Richard Wester, commander, Sector Hampton Roads. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family this evening.”

Involved in the search were:

  • An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina
  • A 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water crew from Coast Guard Station Wachapreague
  • A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Wachapreague
  • A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Chincoteague.
  • An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Sea Horse
  • Virginia Marine Police air and boat crews
  • Nature Conservatory crews on ATVs.
  • A Navy helicopter crew from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28

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