Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Vanished off Virginia

Boaters missing since departing Maryland on Saturday...

This past Saturday, brothers Mike and Donald Bramlett, both in their early 50's, set off from Ocean City en route to Chincoteague, Virginia, aboard their 38 foot cruiser. They should have arrived by Saturday evening.

Unfortunately, they never made it to their destination, and have not yet been located. The wife of one of the men contacted the Coast Guard on Sunday morning and a massive search was initiated...

The Coast Guard searched approximately 20,400 overlapping square miles during a 32-hour period, using Coast Guard crews aboard an HC-130 Hercules and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., and a 45-foot Response Boat - Medium from Station Little Creek in Virgina Beach. Even the crew of the Navy ship USS Bunker Hill assisted in the search.

But after several days of no results, the 5th District of the US Coast Guard announced today that they have suspended their search for the two boaters. If you have any information about this incident, contact the Coast Guard at 757-482-8567.