Story by U.S. Coast Guard,
5th District Public Affairs
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – The Coast Guard, Navy and Virginia
Beach Police Department (VBPD) were searching for a missing kayaker off
the coast of Cape Henry in Virginia Beach.
A recreational boater found the empty kayak about 3-miles east of Cape
Henry today at about 1:30 p.m. The kayak was registered to Ken
Foster, 36, of Virginia Beach. At the request of the Coast Guard,
the VBPD sent a squad car to Foster’s Shore Drive Home to investigate.
The keys found in the kayak matched the car parked in front of Foster’s
home, and Foster’s neighbors confirmed the description of the kayak
found off Cape Henry matches Foster’s.
The Coast Guard searched where the kayak was found with a Coast Guard
Rescue Helicopter and a C-130 airplane from Elizabeth City, N.C., two
87-foot Hampton Roads Coast Guard Cutters and a 47-foot rescue boat from
Coast Guard Station Little Creek. The Navy and the VBPD both had
units actively involved in the search including a Navy PC-170 and a VBPD
Foster did not file a float plan with his friends or family. The
Coast Guard strongly recommends boaters, both commercial and
recreational, to file a float plan letting friends or family members
know their boating or fishing plans. A float plan is simply
telling a friend or family member where you are going and when you
expect to get there. If a vessel has trouble while boating, or the
vessel is reported overdue a float plan can help the Coast Guard
pinpoint a distressed boater’s position.