UPDATE: Coast Guard active search for missing waterman suspended

UPDATE: The Coast Guard has confirmed that the active search for one of two men aboard the Henrietta C has been suspended.

The active search was called off at around 10:30 Tuesday morning.

The 40-foot workboat began taking water Monday afternoon approximately five miles southwest of Tangier Island, prompting a search for the two men aboard by several Coast Guard vessels and an air crew from the Patuxent Naval Air Station.

One man was found in the water by a good Samaritan and brought ashore in stable condition, officials said.

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Original Post: The Coast Guard and several other agencies are searching for a missing waterman whose boat went down around five miles southwest of Tangier Island, officials said.

According to the Coast Guard, on Monday at around 2:30 PM, Coast Guard watchstanders were alerted to a report of a 40-foot workboat taking water with two people on board. A 45-foot Coast Guard response boat was deployed from Crisfield along with the Coast Guard cutter Cochito, a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and an aircrew from the Patuxent Naval Air Station.

Officials say one of the two men aboard was rescued from the water by a good Samaritan and brought ashore at Tangier Island in stable condition.

Coast Guard units continued searching into the evening in rainy and windy conditions that greatly reduce visibility for search crews.

According to a local workboat Facebook page, the the two men are father and son. The father has yet to be recovered as of Tuesday morning.

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