Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater hundreds of miles off the coast of Virginia Beach

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended a search for a boater who went missing early Wednesday morning.

The Coast Guard said in a news release it suspended the search pending the development of new information.

“I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends who have been affected by this case,” said Capt. Timothy Eason, chief of incident management for the Coast Guard’s 5th District. “Deciding when to suspend a search is an extremely hard decision to make. Unfortunately, after this period of time in the water and extensive area searched with no sightings, it is highly unlikely we would be able to recover him.”

The Coast Guard said the mariner entered the water with two other people about 530 miles east of the Virginia Beach coast.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s 5th District command received the call at 4 a.m. to rescue the men.

Aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and a HC-144 Casa aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, were launched to respond.

Two of the three men were rescued when a life raft was deployed into the water.

The Coast Guard continues its search for the remaining person in the water.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates.

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