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Coast Guard searches for father whose boat sank near Tangier Island

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Posted at 12:01 PM, Apr 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-25 12:10:13-04

TANGIER, Va. – Coast Guard crews are searching for a missing boater off the coast of Tangier Island Monday night. WBOC reports that the missing boater is a father, and that his son was rescued earlier.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Maryland-National Capitol Region were told a 40-foot vessel with two people aboard was taking on water off Tangier Island around 2:30 p.m. Monday.

A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Station Crisfield, the crew of the 87-foot cutter Cochito, a Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City rescue helicopter crew, and an aircrew from Naval Air Station Patuxent River responded.

A good Samaritan was able to locate one of the people in the water and brought him back to Tangier Island in stable condition, according to the Coast Guard.

Weather conditions in the area are hazardous Monday night with high winds, rain, and reduced visibility.

Coast Guard units are actively searching for the missing boater.