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Body found in Gloucester County identified as missing boater

A body has been found along the shore of the York River in Gloucester County. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Google Maps)
A body has been found along the shore of the York River in Gloucester County. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Google Maps)

GLOUCESTER — A body found washed ashore Wednesday in Gloucester County is that of a man who went missing just over 24 hours before when a boat capsized on the York River.

The body of 64-year-old David Polson was found near Ginny Hill Road, said Capt. Jamie Green of Virginia Marine Police. A family member identified Polson’s body.


Polson was in a 14-foot jon boat with his 72-year-old brother James when the craft overturned about 2 p.m. Tuesday off Croaker Landing, adjacent to York River State Park, marine police said.

James Polson was wearing a life jacket when he was rescued by another boater but David Polson was not, according to the Coast Guard.

James Polson was taken to Riverside Region Hospital in Newport News, where he was treated and released.

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Marine police had called off the search for David Polson about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday because of impending inclement weather.

A passer-by discovered the body about a mile downstream from where David Polson went into the water and alerted Gloucester County emergency dispatchers, Green said.

James City County Fire and Police boats and divers, as well as crews from the Coast Guard, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, U.S. Navy, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Life Evac, York County, Camp Peary Gloucester and Abingdon aided in the search for the missing man.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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