Coast Guard suspends search in Rappahannock River for possible missing boater

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard suspended its search 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. The boat has a Virginia registration number and the name “Quachica” on it.

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. The RB-S completed its search at 5:13 p.m. with no sightings of anyone in distress.

Helicopter aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and Naval Station Norfolk also assisted in the search. They completed their search patterns at 12:54 and 3 p.m., respectively, with no results.

Local law enforcement agencies stated that there were no missing person reports filed.

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