2 dead in fishing and boating accident in Gloucester

Credit: Laurie Naismith (Virginia Marine Resource Commission)

GLOUCESTER COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — An official with the Coast Guard confirmed the the body of 31-year-old Tony West was found early Sunday evening.

West, along with Philip Brown, 41, went missing following a commercial fishing and boating accident in the Swash Channel, Saturday morning. West’s body was recovered around 4:45 p.m. in Guinea Marsh.

Virginia Marine Police were called at 11:15 a.m. by a family member who said the two fisherman did not return home. The two men were working a gill net in the Swash Channel near the Guinea Marshes in Gloucester.

Around 1 p.m., Virginia Marine Police spotted a sunken vessel in the Swash Channel. The body of Brown was found nearby tangled in a gill net.

The Abingdon Fire and Rescue Team, York County Sheriff, York County Fire and Rescue, York County Dive team, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Marine Police Dive Team assisted in the search and recovery.

You can donate to a GoFundMe for Tony West’s family here.

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