Body Recovered Off Chincoteague Believed To Be Missing Duck Hunter

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Staff Report —

A body believed to be Nathan Jenkins was recovered in the water off Chincoteague Monday.

According to a Virginia Marine Police spokesperson, the Marine Police recovered the body at around 1:15 p.m..

Jenkins has been missing since Jan. 22, after a boating accident that left one other man dead.

Positive identification is pending findings from the medical examiner, according to Marine Police spokesperson Zachary Widgeon.

“The Virginia Marine Police extends its deepest sympathy to the families of the victims,” the release said.

The Chincoteague community responded with an outpouring of search assistance, prayers, food, fundraisers, and more after a boat carrying a group of four young men who were going duck hunting took on water and capsized Jan. 22 off Chincoteague.

Two people were rescued and one victim’s body was recovered after the incident, leaving Jenkins missing.

Eyewitnesses reported the 16-foot jon boat was struck by a wave around 9:20 a.m. that day, causing the boat to capsize in Chincoteague Bay near Curtis Merritt Harbor, according to the Virginia Marine Police.

A Good Samaritan was able to rescue two men, an adult and a 17-year-old, who had remained with the boat. Both had non-life-threatening injuries.

The United States Coast Guard recovered the body of Corey Alles, 19, of Bentonville, Va., that day.

Water temperatures at the time the boat capsized were in the low 40’s, with air temperature in the low 20’s and wind gusts ranging from 12 to 15 miles per hour, according to the Virginia Marine Police.

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