Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chesapeake Captain Missing Overboard

The Coast Guard reports that they're searching for the Captain of a fishing vessel who may have fallen overboard.

According to a news release from Coast Guard Fifth District, their watchstanders in Portsmouth received a report Sunday from two crew members aboard a 31-foot fishing vessel that was anchored just south of Fisherman’s Island and east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. They said that the captain of the boat was missing and they believed he had fallen overboard while they were sleeping between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

Several assets and crews were dispatched to assist in a search, including A 45-foot Response Boat launched from Station Cape Charles, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and the Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater launched from their base in Portsmouth. They searched throughout the night and into the morning.
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The Coast Guard says that the approximate water temperature in the search area is 66 degrees, and visibility is about ten miles.
Unless he was wearing a survival suit, the prospect is not good.

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