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Missing buoy causes restrictions at Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

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Posted at 10:19 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 08:05:50-05

Portsmouth, Va.- After a buoy sank Thursday afternoon, the Coast Guard restricted transit on the Thimble Shoals Channel from buoys 1 and 2, and Anchorage C, west of Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

The Virginia Beach Police Department is using side-scan sonar to help locate the 26-foot-tall buoy. A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and North Carolina are also helping in the search.

The Army Corps of Engineers, Virginia Pilots Association, Virginia Port Authority are a few other organizations involved in getting the channel back open.

At this time, only vessels with a 20-foot draft or less are allowed to go through the channel.