Body of sailor who went missing in March recovered in Gloucester


GLOUCESTER, Va. (WAVY) — The body of a man who went overboard in the Chesapeake Bay back in March has been recovered in Mobjack Bay near Gloucester. 

Whak Wong fell off the 770-foot Lara Venture around 2:10 a.m. on March 12. The anchored cargo ship was just off Cape Charles at the time. 

Officials say Wong, who was from China, was fastening a ladder nicknamed “Jacob’s Ladder” when he fell. He wasn’t wearing a life jacket at the time, but was wearing an orange waterman’s suit.

Rescue crews searched for any sign of his orange suit for 12 hours, covering 112 square miles, but found no trace of Wong. Water temperatures were in the 40s at the time. 

On Friday morning, Wong’s body was found by a commercial fisherman in Mobjack Bay near the base of the York River, according to Chief Rick Lauderman with Virginia Marine Police. 

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