Thursday, November 30, 2023

Man missing after canoe overturns in James City County

Emergency crews have suspended what they are now calling a “recovery mission” of a 22-year-old man after a canoe he was in overturned in James City County Sunday.

Three men were in the canoe fishing when it overturned at around 3:25 p.m. Sunday in the area of Little Creek Reservoir, authorities said in a news release.

A 19-year-old man able to swim to shore and was taken to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. A second man was also able to swim to shore and was uninjured.

The third man – the 22-year-old – “is still unaccounted for,” authorities said.

“The recovery mission has been suspended and will resume in the morning, weather permitting,” according to the news release Sunday.

The canoe has been recovered.

York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, VCU LifeEvac and Newport News Waterworks assisted with the search and recovery operations.

No other information was immediately released.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( 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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