Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Search crews recover bodies of missing canoers in York County

Authorities said search and rescue crews Monday evening have recovered the bodies of the two men whose canoe capsized near the mouth of the Poquoson River in York County.

The identities of the two were not immediately released. Their bodies were found not far offshore from Jennings Drive, said York Fire Chief Stephen Kopczynski.

“We extend our deepest condolences to all of those family members and friends who are affected during this difficult time,” said Capt. Kevin M. Carroll, commander of Sector Virginia of the U.S. Coast Guard. “We always try to impress the importance of safety equipment, even something as simple as wearing a life jacket, so that we can help assist you.”

The men’s bodies were recovered 600 yards offshore by Newport News and York county divers after being located by side-scan sonar. They were recovered at approximately 5:35 p.m.

Several agencies searched most of the day. Authorities said three canoers had launched around 11:30 p.m. Sunday at the Boat House Cove area of Dare where it capsized at one point.

First responders were were notified shortly before 4:30 a.m Monday and sent to the scene in the 100 block of Jennings Drive, fire officials said.

One was able to swim back to shore around the 100 block of Jennings Drive and call for help.

Authorities said the canoe was found near Bennett’s Creek around 8 a.m. and the search was concentrated in that area.

Several agencies helped in the search, including U.S. Coast Guard, York Fire & Life Safety, Poquoson Fire-Rescue, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, irginia Marine Resources Commission, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, James City County Fire Department, Hampton Fire-Rescue and the Virginia Port Authority Maritime Incident Response.

Authorities early on in the search asked residents along the water in Dare, Tabb, Seaford and Poquoson to check their properties to see if the two men have come ashore.

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission is now leading the investigation. Any information about the incident, including the identities of the men, will be coming from the commission.

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John Mangalonzohttp://wydaily.com
John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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