Coast Guard suspends search for missing man near Ocean View

Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter file photo

Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter file photo

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday for a man who reportedly entered the water after his vessel became disabled.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received the initial report at approximately 6 p.m., from a pair of kayakers who had seen a man swim away from his disabled vessel, but he did not resurface.

Crews from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, the Coast Guard Cutter Razorbill and Coast Guard Station Little Creek utilized search patterns spanning a total of 164 square miles.

Personnel and assets from the Norfolk Fire Department, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Virginia Marine Police also participated in the search effort.

“One of the hardest parts of my job is making the decision to suspend a search for someone who has entered the water and hasn’t made it out,” said Capt. Kevin Carroll, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. “It is with great sadness that I announce this suspension, and my heart is with the friends and families who have been impacted by this unfortunate circumstance.”

The Coast Guard search is suspended pending the development of new information.

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