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.