Coast Guard, VMRC search for man, 80, near Winter Harbor Haven, Va.

25 Ocean CityPORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and Virginia Marine Resources Commission are searching for an 80-year-old man  in the water near Winter Harbor Haven.

The man is thought to have entered the water when his fishing vessel capsized near Winter Harbor while he was gill net fishing Sunday.

A good Samaritan discovered the man’s 15-foot boat capsized Sunday about 200-yards off the beach east of Winter Harbor and notified Mathews County dispatchers, who then notified the Coast Guard and VMRC at approximately 8:20 p.m.

A  MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, and a 25-foot Response Boat-Small (RBS) crew launched from Coast Guard Station Milford Haven. Both Coast Guard crews, along with VMRC vessel and shore crews, searched Sunday into Monday morning.

A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and a 25-foot RBS crew from Station Milford Haven continue the search Sunday, along with VMRC vessel and shoreline search crews.

The man’s family said he left to go gill net fishing Sunday by himself at approximately 4 p.m. He is believed to have been fishing alone at the time his vessel capsized.

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