Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Boaters on York River

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard crews suspended their search for two missing men on the York River at 6:24 p.m. Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders began coordinating the multi-agency search after a James City County 911 dispatcher notified them of a report of two overdue boaters at 9:56 a.m.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew located the men’s 23-foot Sea Ox overturned at about 11 a.m., across the river from Poropotank Bay, about eight miles downriver from West Point.

The following agencies and crews assisted with the search:

  • An MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.
  • An MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • A 25-foot response boat crew from Station Milford Haven
  • A James City County helicopter crew
  • A James City County Fire Department boat crew
  • A Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries boat crew
  • A Virginia Marine Resources Commission boat crew

The air temperature on scene was 43 degrees with a 39 degree water temperature. The winds were 18 mph with 2 foot seas.

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  1. Lisa Thomas says:

    To each and every person who has been battling the elements while searching for my Uncle Arthur and his friend THANK YOU! Everyone has worked so hard searching over and over for them. It brings a level of comfort to me and other family members to see that this has been handled not only professionally, but many of these young men are personally determined to find them. Thank You!