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Coast Guard searches for 2 missing men in Poquoson River, Virginia

An Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. Coast Guard Poquoson River
Archive image: a student at the Aviation Technical Training Center (ATTC) in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, plunges from an Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter into the Pasquotank River, Feb. 14, 2017. Four aviation survival technician (AST) A school students at ATTC graduated and became ASTs Feb. 17, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and local authorities are searching for two missing men after their canoe capsized near the mouth of the Poquoson River Monday morning.

A passenger who was also aboard the canoe was able to swim to shore and call York County 911, who then contacted the Coast Guard Sector Virginia command center at approximately 4:30 a.m. The individual reported that there were two other men aboard with him.

Watchstanders launched a 29-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Also assisting in the search are York County, Poquoson County, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Coast Guard Auxiliary, James City County, Training Center Yorktown, and Hampton Fire Department to aid in the search.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case should contact the Sector Virginia command center on VHF-FM channel 16 or at 757-483-8567.


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