NORFOLK — A Norfolk man who went missing after going rafting on the Chesapeake Bay was found safe after a 33-hour search by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Wesley Schoonmaker, 49 launched his raft from Willoughby Spit and was “immediately” blown from shore, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Schoonmaker drifted on the raft overnight until he was able to reach land near Machipongo Beach on Sunday. Schoonmaker, after landing, was taken to Riverside Hospital by medics to be treated for windburn.
The Coast Guard, after issuing an urgent marine information broadcast, had been searching for the rafter all Saturday and into Sunday.