UPDATE 1/9: New assets responding to the search Thursday morning, according to Va. Beach Fire and Rescue:
A regional maritime response vehicle that’s housed/maintained in Va. Beach to serve as a mobile command boat; Fireboat 1 out of Lynnhaven Marina; Va. Beach police boat with side-scan sonar. The 40-foot Metal Shark is a full climate control year-around vessel. Police tell WVEC.com it carries a crew of 4 with additional personnel capabilities.
\”They will be utilizing our High-Definition Towed Side-Scan SONAR. This SONAR has the capabilities of providing High-Definition real time video of the ocean floor,\” explained MPO Tonya Borman.
Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater and Navy helicopters searched through the night for the missing crewman.