Search continues for late kayaker missing from Lynnhaven Inlet – The Virginian-Pilot

As the sun began to set on Tuesday, the Coast Guard continued its search by air, land and sea for a man who deployed his kayak from Lynnhaven Inlet on Monday night and has yet to return.

According to the Coast Guard, 27-year-old Ryan Tew went kayaking around 11:30 p.m., launching his red one-person craft from Crab Creek in Lynnhaven Inlet. Search crews located the kayak about 4 miles east of 65th Street in Virginia Beach, according to a 6:20 p.m. update from 5th District Public Affairs.

Coast Guard watchmen were alerted that Tew was late around 10 a.m. Tuesday by the 911 dispatch from Virginia Beach after he did not return as scheduled around 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Coast Guard crews have been searching Lynnhaven Inlet and the Chesapeake Bay since this morning. A 45-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Little Creek and Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch, along with crews of MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Elizabeth City Air Station , were deployed to assist in the search.

An incident command post has since been set up by the Port of Virginia on Joint Expeditionary Base-Fort Story.

Assisting in the search are: Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Police Department, two HSC-28 MH-60 Seahawk helicopter crews from Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Virginia Emergency Medical Service, Port of Virginia, Department of Wildlife Resources and the Virginia Beach Police and Fire Department.

Caitlyn Burchett, 727-267-6059, [email protected]

Brandon D. James