Coast Guard suspends search for missing 69-year-old boater after body found

Posted at 10:25 PM, Sep 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-08 12:06:35-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The U.S. Coast Guard and its partner agencies said the body of a missing, elderly mariner was discovered in the water near Ingram Bay after the man failed to return from a fishing trip.

The Virginia Marine Police recovered a body matching 69-year-old John Lovern's description Saturday morning after a good Samaritan called the agency about a body in the water.

The body was transported to the medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death.

The United States Coast Guard, Virginia Marine Police, Department of Wildlife Resources, Smith Point Rescue, Abingdon Fire Department, Gloucester Fire Department, and Poquoson Fire Department were involved in the search.

In a statement, the Virginia Marine Police and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission offered their condolences to Lovern's family.

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