Coast Guard Suspends Search for 13 Year Old Virginia Boy

The Coast Guard has called off the search for a 13-year-old boy who was missing off Gloucester Point, Va., this weekend.

USCG Cutter Flying Fish searched for the boy. Photo: Sean McGrath

USCG Cutter Flying Fish searched for the boy. Photo: Sean McGrath

The boy, who was wearing a red, white and blue bathing suit, was swimming with family members at Gloucester Point Beach Friday afternoon when he disappeared.

A Coast Guard helicopter and two boats searched for the boy for 13 hours, covering a 44-square-mile area. Two different sheriff's offices and three fire departments helped in the search.

The Coast Guard suspended the search at 11:00 a.m. Saturday.

Gloucester Point Beach, Virginia

Gloucester Point Beach, Virginia

“The decision to suspend a search is a difficult one to make,” said Coast Guard Captain Rick Wester, commander, Sector Hampton Roads. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the boy’s family during this difficult time.”

Megan Viviano