JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WVEC) -- The body of the missing boater was recovered along the Gloucester County side of the York River on Wednesday afternoon.
Family members confirmed with 13News Now that the body was that of 64-year-old David Polson.
Polson went missing after the boat he was on overturned near Croaker Landing on the York River Tuesday afternoon.
Robert and David Polson were in the boat. Robert was the only one wearing a life jacket, and he was rescued by another boat and taken to Riverside Regional Hospital. The second boater, David, went under and did not resurface.
13News Now spoke with David’s niece, Sandra Church. She said her father Robert and uncle David came up from South Carolina Monday for a weeklong trip.
Church says the two brothers make this trip every year and even stay in the same hotel. She said her uncle “Spanky” loved to fish and he was doing what he loved.
"David is loved by all, he would give you the shirt off his back,” Church said. “Just remember David as someone who liked to fish and would want you to be happy, not sad, because I'm sure if he's gone on he's fishing and that's where he wanted to be.”
The Coast Guard said that along with other local agencies, they searched approximately a combined 553 square miles since Tuesday night. Their search was suspended late Wednesday morning.
"People join the Coast Guard to help save lives," said Coast Guard Capt. Kevin Carroll in a news release. "But nothing can ever adequately prepare us for the days when we are not able to bring a loved one back home to their family, or to imagine the pain of their loss."
In addition to the Coast Guard, boats and divers from James City County Fire and Police, Virginia Marine Resources Commission, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Live Evac 3 Helicopter and fire departments from York County, Camp Peary, Gloucester, and Abingdon all assisted in the search.