Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Boaters on York River

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard crews suspended their search for two missing men on the York River at 6:24 p.m. Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders began coordinating the multi-agency search after a James City County 911 dispatcher notified them of a report of two overdue boaters at 9:56 a.m.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew located the men’s 23-foot Sea Ox overturned at about 11 a.m., across the river from Poropotank Bay, about eight miles downriver from West Point.

The following agencies and crews assisted with the search:

  • An MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.
  • An MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • A 25-foot response boat crew from Station Milford Haven
  • A James City County helicopter crew
  • A James City County Fire Department boat crew
  • A Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries boat crew
  • A Virginia Marine Resources Commission boat crew

The air temperature on scene was 43 degrees with a 39 degree water temperature. The winds were 18 mph with 2 foot seas.

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