Norfolk Man Found Safe After Crews Search Elizabeth River

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A Norfolk man whose boat was discovered adrift near Waterside in Norfolk, Va., has been found safe after a seven-hour search this morning.

James Scott Gibson, of Norfolk, called Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads at about 9:45 a.m. to report that he was safe at a friend’s house.

Rescue boats from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth and Portsmouth Fire and Rescue, and an Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., based helicopter searched the Elizabeth River for Gibson. The Portsmouth Police, Norfolk Police and Virginia Marine Resources Commission also assisted with the search.

Norfolk dispatch notified the Coast Guard at about 2:30 a.m. that Gibson’s sailboat, Wanderlust, had broken free of its moorings in Portsmouth and drifted into a pier in Waterside.

The keys were in the Wanderlust’s ignition, the boat’s interior lights were on, charts were out and its dinghy was missing. These were indicators that Gibson was possibly in trouble.

The Coast Guard urges that all boaters keep family and friends notified of their intentions.

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