The Coast Guard suspended its search on Saturday afternoon for a woman.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard suspended its search on Saturday afternoon for a woman who was reported to have entered the water but was not seen coming out in Virginia Beach.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received the report of the possible missing swimmer from the Virginia Beach Police Department at approximately 3:45 a.m.
The Coast Guard launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew and fixed-wing Auxiliary air craft from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, along with a 45-foot Response Boat—Medium and 29-foot Response Boat—Small from Coast Guard Station Little Creek, and searched approximately 214 square miles for a combined total of 17 ½ hours.
Crews from the Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia Beach Fire Department, Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services, Virginia Marine Police and Maritime Incident Response Team also assisted with the search.
“We take reports of missing swimmers very seriously,” said Capt. Sam Stevens, deputy commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. “We never advise swimming alone, especially at night, due to potentially dangerous water conditions.”
The Coast Guard’s search is suspended, pending the development of new information.