Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater off Tangier Island

TANGIER, Va. (AP/WAVY) — The Coast Guard has suspended a search for a missing boater about five miles southwest of Tangier Island.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Berry Bena tells news outlets that the search for Ed Charnock was suspended Tuesday.

The waterman and his son, Jason, were crabbing aboard their boat on Monday afternoon. At about 2:30 p.m. the men sent out a broadcast on marine radio saying their boat was sinking. Shortly thereafter, the men went overboard.

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

Weather conditions were hazardous with high winds, rain and reduced visibility.

A search began as soon as the radio call went out. The searchers found debris from the sunken boat, and Jason Charnock was eventually rescued. He remains at the island health center in stable condition.