Man remains missing after boat capsizes in York River

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on May 16, 2018 - 01:22 PM

Abingdon and Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue departments assisted in the search for a missing person after a boat overturned in the York River on Tuesday.

They remained on the scene until around 8 p.m. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search at about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday after having searched approximately 553 square miles through Tuesday night, said a press release.

Sector Hampton Roads received notification from the James City County Police Department around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday that a 14-foot jon boat had capsized with two people aboard near York River State Park in Williamsburg, said the release.

One person was wearing a life jacket and was recovered by James City County Police and transported to a hospital for treatment, but a 68-year-old man who was not wearing a life jacket was still missing.

The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast to alert mariners in the area and launched a 29-foot Response Boat-Small and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Milford Haven, said the release. The Guard also diverted Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew and sent crews from Boat Forces Training Center Yorktown to search.

Abingdon public information officer Robert Parlett said a call from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission came in around 2:30 p.m., initially for a capsized boat in the vicinity of the oil refinery. Abingdon launched its Boat 2, but it turned out that the overturned vessel had gone down near Croaker Landing, so Gloucester was dispatched, as well, sending Boat 4 from Harcum, which put in at a private landing in Allmondsville.