Coast Guard suspends search for missing man in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY)  — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a 67-year-old man reported missing near 86th Street in Virginia Beach.

The multi-agency search was launched Monday evening after a family member reported seeing the man enter the water and never emerge. The Virginia Beach Fire Department notified the Coast Guard for assistance.

A Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60 Jayhawk aircraft crew and a Station Little Creek 45-foot Response Boat – Medium boat crew were launched Monday night, and on Wednesday morning the Coast Guard said crews had searched approximately 1,450 square miles over a period of 38 hours.

“Suspending a case is an extremely difficult decision to make; our thoughts and prayers are with the family members during this challenging time,” said Cmdr. Jason Ingram, search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector Virginia. “Many other Virginia based agencies also participated in the search efforts, and we thank them for their cooperation and assistance.”

The following are also assisted in the search: Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder, Virginia Marine Resource Commission, Virginia Beach Police Department – Marine Unit, Virginia Beach Fire Department and Virginia Beach EMS. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Virginia Command Center at 757-483-8567.


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