Coast Guard suspends search for 2 missing boaters near Mosquito Point

Coast Guard

UPDATE: 9:30 p.m. 5/20/19 — The Coast Guard suspended its search for 59-year-old Mark Ringenberg and 59-year-old Stephen Perkins on Monday evening, after crews spent a combined 63 hours looking for the boaters. 

“Suspending a search is never an easy decision to make and weighs heavy on everyone’s heart,” said Capt. Kevin Carroll, Sector Hampton Roads commander. “ There’s no way to express how sorry we are that we were unable to return Stephen and Mark home to their loved ones.”

WHITE STONE, Va. (WAVY) — The Coast Guard is searching for two men after their boat was found washed ashore near the Rapphannock River on Sunday afternoon. 

Officials say 59-year-old Mark Ringenberg and 59-year-old Stephen Perkins were identified as the two men who were on the boat that departed from Weems. 

VMRC dispatchers contacted watchstanders at Sector Hampton Roads Sunday evening that keys were found in the ignition of the boat, shoes on the deck and cold drinks in a cooler near Moqustio Point. 

A boat crew from Station Milford Haven and an helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina is searching alongside VMRC, Lancaster County, Middlesex County and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Stay tuned to for the latest developments. 

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