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Marine Police: Body found in Mobjack Bay may be that of missing Chinese crewman

The Virginia Marine Police have recovered a body from the water in Mobjack Bay, near the base of the York River. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Google Maps)
The Virginia Marine Police have recovered a body from the water in Mobjack Bay, near the base of the York River. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Google Maps)

The Virginia Marine Police have recovered a body they believe is that of a man who fell off the cargo ship Lara Venture in March.

Authorities said the body was found by a commercial fisherman Friday morning in Mobjack Bay near the base of the York River.

Marine Police Capt. Jamie Green said there are some indications the body is that of a 33-year-old Chinese crewman who fell off the 770-foot cargo ship Lara Venture March 13 near Cape Charles, but that can only be confirmed by the state medical examiner.

The Coast Guard said the man fell around 2:10 a.m. while fastening a ladder on the anchored ship’s starboard. He was not wearing a life jacket, but wore orange coveralls and a dark blue jacket, according to the Coast Guard.

An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina and crews from Coast Guard Cutter Sea Horse and Station Cape Charles searched the area for about 12 hours.

The search covered about 112 square miles, and was suspended later in the day because of “several factors” including water temperature, weather conditions, and length of time the person has been missing, the Coast Guard said.

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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