Coast Guard, Agencies Search for Man in York River After Boat Capsizes

The Coast Guard and other agencies were searching for a man after his boat capsized Tuesday near York River State Park.

Around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, the James City County Police Department notified Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth that a 14-foot jon boat with two people aboard had capsized in the York River.

The Coast Guard issued an urgent broadcast to alert mariners in the area and launched two response boats from Station Milford Haven, diverted its cutter Frank Drew, and sent crews from Boat Forces Training Center Yorktown to assist in the search.

A 68-year-old man who was not wearing a life jacket was reported as still missing Tuesday evening. The second person was wearing a life jacket and was recovered by James City County Police and taken to a hospital to be treated.

The Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron launched a crew to assist in the effort, and crews from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, James City County Police, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the Gloucester Volunteer Fire Department were also part of the search as of yesterday evening.

Lt. j.g. Brad Milliken, command duty officer for Sector Hampton Roads, said Tuesday, “we’re doing everything we can to work as a team and locate this man.”

-Laura Boycourt