Coast Guard suspends search in Chesapeake Bay for boater
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday afternoon it has suspended its search for a missing boater in the Chesapeake Bay.
The Coast Guard announced a day earlier the search for Christopher Martin Young, 63, saying it began after a boat showing ‘signs of recent occupancy’ was found stranded near Factory Point, Va. .
Cellphone data indicated the ship left Annapolis, Maryland, on Friday evening and headed south, according to a news release.
The Coast Guard and other agencies that provided planes and boats searched an area of approximately 1,310 square miles in 33 hours.
“It is always a difficult decision to suspend a search and rescue case,” Christopher Scraba, the active search suspension authority at Coast Guard District Five Command Center, said in a press release. . “Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Mr. Young’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
A Virginia Marine Police spokesperson said The Virginia Pilot the agency would continue to comb through the Annapolis area in Hampton throughout the week.
Young made no distress calls and police are not aware of any hazardous weather conditions while he was driving the boat, spokesman Zachary Widgeon told the newspaper.