Coast Guard reports rescue efforts retrieved Tangier Island waterman from Bay after Henrietta C sank; his father is still missing in rough seas

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  • Capt. Ed & Jason Charnock their boat "Henrietta C" went down earlier today. Tangier watermen & the Coast Guard are currently searching for one of the missing watermen.
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Coast Guard reports rescue efforts retrieved one Tangier Island waterman from Bay; his father is still missing in rough seas

TANGIER ISLAND, VA.  – Only a miracle could end this story with a happy result for the family and friends of a Tangier Island captain missing after his commercial crabbing boat, the Henrietta C sank in the Chesapeake Bay. A miracle is exactly what family and friends of the father and son on the Henrietta C are asking for in a prayer being posted all through social media such as this one: 

Y’all please keep Capt Ed Charnock and his son Jason in your thoughts and prayers. Their boat “Henrietta C” has gone down. I have heard that they found Jason, and the USCG and local Tangier Island watermen are still searching for Capt. Ed.


“Prayers, please!!! A Tangier family is in urgent need of prayer!! A father and son (watermen) were washed overboard when their work boat sank in high winds this afternoon. The son has been rescued but the search continues for his father. Winds are very strong, making the search difficult. Pray that he will be found safe!!
Lord God, you know exactly where he is. Please guide the searchers to him and let him be found safe! We give you praise for the safety of one and we praise you that there are others who are willing to risk their own lives and boats to search. Thank you, Lord, for your love and mercy to us!!!

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Capt. Ed & Jason Charnock their boat “Henrietta C” went down earlier today. Tangier watermen & the Coast Guard are currently searching for one of the missing watermen.

Capt. Ed Charnock missing after his crabbing boat Henrietta C sank in Chesapeake, his son Jason was found alive.


Coast Guard and partner agency personnel were searching for a missing Tangier Island waterman approximately 5 miles southwest of Tangier Island, Monday, April 24, 2017.

Coast Guard helicopter in search south of Tangier Island for missing boater April 24, 2017

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Maryland-National Capitol Region were notified of a 40-foot vessel with two people aboard taking on water off Tangier Island at approximately 2:30 p.m.

A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Station Crisfield, the crew of the 87-foot Cutter Cochito, a Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City rescue helicopter crew and an aircrew from Naval Air Station Patuxent River responded.

Tangier Island Mayor James “Ooker” Eskridge reported that the missing men were watermen from Tangier Island and that every able-bodied man on the island joined the effort to locate the father and son who were working on their commercial crabbing boat.

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A Good Samaritan was able to locate one of the people in the water and brought him back to Tangier Island in stable condition.

Weather conditions in the area continue to remain hazardous with high winds, rain, and reduced visibility.

Coast Guard reports that search, rescue and recovery units continue to search for the missing boater.

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