Virginia Couple Missing while Sailing to Portugal: US Coast Guard

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After they failed to return from their sailing trip in Portugal to Azores, the United States Coast Guard is seeking a couple missing.

According to a StatementCoast Guard. Yanni and Dale Jones, both 65-year old residents of Virginia Beach, left Hampton, Virginia, on June 8, with plans to sail to the Azores.

According to the release, the couple had told their daughter they were experiencing bad weather on June 13th about 460 miles east off the Virginia Coast. The couple then had to make a decision to return to their boat because of the damage.

According to the Coast Guard, they have not been heard from since.

On June 17, Jones’ daughter contacted the Coast Guard and expressed worry for the couple’s safety. Jones’ daughter expected them to return before June 20, but there was no specific date.

Coast Guard stated that two flights had been made to search for the couple.

“We’re tracking cell phone and radio pings as we work with our counterparts in Bermuda to accurately determine the most intelligent search area for our air crews,”In the statement, Brian Gainey, Chief Coast Guard, said.

They aren’t thought to be a couple. “in distress,” Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Connie Terrell TelledThe Washington Post. 

Terrell told The Washington Post that the couple reported to Jones’ daughter that the damage caused to the boat was a broken sail.

The Coast Guard reported that they made an urgent radio broadcast to boaters asking them to report any evidence or boating information in their search for the couple. 

“We’re not sure whether they were able to make repairs out at sea and continue on to the Azores or if they turned around and went farther north,”Terrell shared his thoughts with The Washington Post.

“In situations like this, where there are so many unknowns, our coordination efforts need to cast a wide and intentional net,” Gainey said in the Coast Guard’s statement.

“It’s a lot of detective work,”He said: “but it’s all in service to finding these two individuals and bringing them home to their families.”