Coast Guard says missing Norfolk man found alive near Machipongo beach

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The Coast Guard and other agencies concluded their search after the missing Norfolk man was found alive near Machipongo beach Sunday.

The Norfolk Police Department notified the Coast Guard around 5 p.m. on Saturday that 49-year-old Wesley Schoonmaker was last seen leaving his home in Norfolk wearing a full wetsuit.

According to a police report made by Schoomaker’s roommate, Schoonmaker said he planned to test out a new oar by paddling his 8-foot yellow and dark blue raft near Willoughby Spit in Norfolk.

Watchstanders in the Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth issued an urgent marine information broadcast and began coordinating search efforts following the report.

Wesley Schoomaker was found by a good Samaritan after he came ashore with his raft at a beach near the person’s home and walked into their backyard. The good Samaritan called Eastern Shore 911 dispatch, who notified the coast guard.

The missing man was reported to be windburned but in stable condition and was taken to Riverside Hospital in Onley by local EMS.

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crews launched from Station Portsmouth and Station Little Creek, and the crew of Cutter Mako diverted to join the search. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and joined Virginia Marine Police crews and other agencies in the search throughout Saturday night. Coast Guard crews continued searching Sunday morning along with state and local agencies.