October 25, 2020

Bodies of missing boaters recovered

UPDATED: The bodies of two missing boaters have been recovered after a daylong search, according to the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety.

The two bodies were found offshore near Jennings Drive in the Dare area, a Facebook post from the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety stated on Monday evening.

“Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families and friends of these two men,” the post stated. “The York County Department of Fire and Life Safety would like to thank the public for all of your efforts and support during this difficult incident.”

The post said the investigation is under the authority of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and is ongoing.

The department thanked the other agencies who helped in the search: “U.S. Coast Guard Sector Virginia, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, York County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications, Poquoson Fire-Rescue, Abingdon Fire and Rescue, Newport News Fire Department, James City County Fire Department, Hampton Fire-Rescue, Virginia Port Authority Maritime Incident Response staff and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Earlier: Authorities are asking waterfront property owners to check their properties as the search continues for two missing boaters.

Personnel and units from the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety were dispatched to a report of a water rescue in the 100 block of Jennings Drive about 4:30 a.m. Monday, according to a press release on the department’s Facebook page.

It was reported that three adult males left the Boathouse Cove area about 11:30 p.m. Sunday in a canoe, and only one had come ashore. The other two are unaccounted for.

“We are asking those owners of property along the waterways in Dare, Seaford, Tabb and Poquoson to check in and around their properties in the event that the two boaters may have come ashore in an area away from where their canoe capsized,” the press release stated.

Agencies involved in the search — which is ongoing by air, water and land — include the U.S. Coast Guard sector Virginia, York County Department of Fire and Life Safety, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, Poquoson Fire-Rescue, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, James City County Fire Department, Hampton Fire-Rescue and the Virginia Port Authority Maritime Incident Response staff.

For more information, call 890-3600.