Coast Guard searching for 2 missing boaters near Mosquito Point

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is searching for two men after their boat was found washed ashore, with recent signs of occupancy near Mosquito Point on the Rappahannock River in Virginia, Sunday.

59-year-old Mark Ringenberg and 59-year-old Stephen Perkins were identified as the two men who were on the boat, which departed from Weems, Virginia Sunday morning.

Dispatchers from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission contacted watchstanders at Sector Hampton Roads command center Sunday evening and notified them that the Boston Whaler was found with keys in the ignition, shoes on the deck and cold drinks in a cooler.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard  Station Milford Haven and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard  Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina is searching alongside Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Lancaster County, Middlesex County and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Anyone with information of that could aid the search should call the Coast Guard  Sector Hampton Roads command center at 757-483-8567.

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