Coast Guard and partner agencies searching for missing boater in Chesapeake Bay

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard and partner agencies are searching Saturday for a missing boater in the Chesapeake Bay in the vicinity of the Ocean View fishing pier near Norfolk.

Norfolk 911 dispatch operators contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center watchstanders at approximately 6:30 p.m. to report finding an adrift 8-foot dinghy with the engine down.

Sector watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched crews aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Little Creek, a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

Also involved in the search are personnel from Virginia Marine Resources Commission and a boat crew from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

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