U.S. Coast Guard searching for missing man near Quinby Inlet

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing man southeast of Quinby, he was last seen on Thursday around midnight.

On Friday around 2:40 p.m, watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth were told 36-year-old Will Judge on Baltimore, Maryland was missing.

He was last on Thursday around midnight camping on Parramore Island near Quinby Inlet . He was last seen by two fellow campers after the three used kayaks to get to the island.

A Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City launched and searched along with a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water crew, a 45-foot Response Boat crew, and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat.

Virginia Marine Police searched with air and boat crews, and Nature Conservatory crews searched on ATVs. A Navy helicopter crew from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28 and Coast Guard Cutter Sea Horse also joined the search.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, along with more Coast Guard, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Accomack County, and other crews are searching Saturday.

"The Coast Guard and our partner agencies searched through the night and are searching again today," said Capt. Richard Wester, commander, Sector Hampton Roads. "Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of Mr. Judge during this difficult time." 

Both kayaks the men used to get to the island are accounted for.

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