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Official: Body of missing boater found on shores of York River

Jimmy LaRoue
Contact Reporterjlarouejr@vagazette.com

The body of a 63-year-old South Carolina man was found on the shores of the York River Wednesday after a boating accident Tuesday, according to the Virginia Marine Police.

David Polson of Florence, South Carolina, was found on the shores of Gloucester, across from Croaker Landing in James City County, said First Sgt. Christopher Miller of the Virginia Marine Police

Polson was in a 14-foot jon boat with his brother, Robert Polson, 72, of Dillion, South Carolina, when the boat capsized near York River State Park. Robert Polson, who was wearing a life jacket, was rescued and taken to the hospital for treatment, while David Polson, who was not wearing a life jacket, went missing.

After a search involving multiple agencies that began just after 2 p.m. Tuesday and covered a combined 553 square miles, the Coast Guard said it suspended the search at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday.

Aside from the Coast Guard, other agencies involved were the Navy, which launched a helicopter crew, and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, James City County Police and Fire, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the Gloucester Volunteer Fire Department.

Previously:

The Coast Guard has suspended its search Wednesday morning for a 68-year old man in the York River.

The man is still missing after the jon boat he and another man were in capsized in the York River Tuesday afternoon, according to the Coast Guard.

The 14-foot jon boat capsized with two men aboard in the river near York River State Park; one man wearing a life jacket was rescued and taken to the hospital for treatment, while the other man is still missing, according to a Coast Guard news release.

After a search involving multiple agencies that began Tuesday afternoon just after 2 p.m. and covering a combined total of 553 square miles through Tuesday night, the Coast Guard suspended the search at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release.

Among the agencies participating in the search:

  • The Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron
  • Virginia Marine Resources Commission
  • James City County Police
  • James City County Fire
  • Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Gloucester Volunteer Fire Dept.
  • Coast Guard crews from Station Milford Haven, Cutter Hawk, Boat Forces Training Center Yorktown and Air Station Elizabeth City.

"People join the Coast Guard to help save lives," said Capt. Kevin Carroll, deputy commander of Sector Hampton Roads in a statement. "But nothing can ever adequately prepare us for the days when we are not able to bring a loved one back home to their family, or to imagine the pain of their loss."

Update 9 a.m. Wednesday

A 68-year old man is still missing after the jon boat he and another man were in capsized in the York River Tuesday afternoon, according to the Coast Guard.

A 14-foot boat capsized with two men aboard in the river near York River State Park; one man wearing a life jacket was rescued and taken to the hospital for treatment, while the other man is sstill missing, according to a Coast Guard news release.

James City County Police notified the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth of the incident around 2:30 p.m., according to the release.

The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast to alert mariners in the area, and it launched a pair of boats from Station Milford Haven near Mathews, diverted the Coast Guard cutter Frank Drew and sent crews from the Boat Forces Training Center Yorktown to search, according to the release.

The Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron launched a helicopter crew, and crews from the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, James City County Police, the Virginia Departmentof Game and Inland Fisheries and the Gloucester Volunteer Fire Department are helping with the search.

“We’re doing everything we can to work as a team and locate this man,” said Lt. j.g. Brad Miliken, the command duty officer for sector Hampton Roads, in a statement.

Previously:

One boater was rescued and another is missing after their boat capsized in the York River Tuesday afternoon, according to a Virginia Marine Resources Commission news release.

The two men were in a boat that capsized and went into the water, the news release stated. James City County Emergency Communications received a 911 call about the incident shortly after 2 p.m. about a missing boater near Croaker Landing on the York River, the release stated.

They were able to yell for help and another boater rescued one of the men, but the second man went underwater and did not resurface, according to the news release.

James City County Fire and Police boats and divers, as well as crews from the Coast Guard, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Live EVAC 3 helicopter and fire departments from York County, Camp Peary Gloucester and Abingdon, are on the scene searching for the missing boater, the news release stated.

The rescued boater was taken to Riverside Regional Hospital, according to the news release.

Peter Dujardin contributed to this report.

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at jlarouejr@vagazette.com or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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