Man drives over Silver Beach embankment; last seen swimming in Chesapeake Bay

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Silver Beach, west of Exmore

A man drove a car over the steep Silver Beach embankment on Saturday, Dec. 23, and was last seen swimming in the Chesapeake Bay.

Northampton Sheriff David Doughty said a search for the man began Dec. 23 and continued through Tuesday, Dec. 26. The U.S. Coast Guard, state Marine Resources Commission, and Department of Game and Inland Fisheries assisted in the search.

Doughty said the man’s name is being withheld. He is described as a 53-year-old White male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and 150 lbs. He has dark hair and facial hair.

The driver is a resident of Washington D.C., Doughty said. It is unknown if he has any Eastern Shore connections or how he ended up at remote Silver Beach on the night before Christmas Eve.

Kellam Drive heads toward the bay and then runs parallel to it, with the road’s shoulder bordering the riprap breakwater.

The drop from the road to the beach is about 10 feet.

“Despite extensive aerial searches, and searches below and above the water, the man has not been located,” Doughty said in a prepared release.

“He was last seen in the area of Kellam Drive, swimming in the Chesapeake Bay,” Doughty said.

Others assisting the sheriff’s office were the state police, Community Volunteer Fire Co. of Exmore, Northampton County EMS, the Chesapeake Fire Department, and the Cape Charles Police Department, Doughty said.

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