Coast Guard searches for possible missing boater

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is searching Monday for a possible missing boater after an unmanned and adrift dinghy was located in the vicinity of Lynnhaven Inlet in the lower Chesapeake Bay, near Virginia Beach.

The owner of the recreational fishing vessel, Heather D, reported an unmanned dingy to Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders while en route to fish near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

The Coast Guard contacted the owner of the dinghy, and the owner stated he believed the vessel was stolen.

A crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Little Creek towed the vessel back to Little Creek and is continuing to search for anyone who may have been aboard.

Those with information regarding the vessel or the operator may contact Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center at 757-638-6637.

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