Coast Guard searching for missing boater on the Elizabeth River

5th Coast Guard District NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is searching for a 21-year-old African-American male who went missing after his canoe capsized in the vicinity of the West Norfolk Bridge on the Western Branch of the Elizabeth River at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Two others who were aboard the canoe swam to shore.

A good Samaritan called 911 dispatch who in turn called watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads.

A Coast Guard rescue boat crew from Station Portsmouth and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City have been deployed to search.

Also on scene are three rescue boat crews from Portsmouth Fire and Rescue along with Nightingale Air Ambulance.

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