DELAWARE : A father and son are missing after their boat overturned off the Delaware Coast. David Whitehair Sr. who is 40 years old and David Whitehair Jr. who is 17 were supposed to go on a chartered fishing trip Friday however, the trip was cancelled due to poor weather conditions. Mr. Whitehair decided to go anyway. If you spot Mr. Whitehair and his son, contact State Police Troop 3. They have not been heard from since Friday.
3 p.m. after they left Woodland Beach aboard their boat
DSP News Release: Saturday, April 24, 2010- Report of Overturned Vessel Results in Missing Persons Investigation
Location: Delaware Bay in the area of Port Mahon, Kent County, Delaware
Date of Occurrence: Saturday, April 24, 2010, reported at approximately 4:45 p.m.
David Whitehair, 40, of Felton, Delaware
David Whitehair, Jr., 17, of Felton, Delaware
Resume: In the mid afternoon hours of today’s date, a 16 – 18 foot vessel was spotted overturned in the Delaware Bay in the area of Port Mahon.
U.S. Coast Guard personnel, Little Creek Fire Company, the DSP Dive Team and DNREC Fish and Wildlife responded to the area. Upon locating the boat, they found it void of any occupants. A search and rescue operation ensued and no one was located. This operation has been shut down this evening and will resume during daylight hours tomorrow.
This investigation revealed the boat was recently purchased by David Whitehair of Felton. Allegedly, Mr. Whitehair and his 17-year-old son were supposed to go on a chartered fishing trip yesterday; however, the trip was cancelled due to poor weather conditions. Mr. Whitehair decided to go anyway on his own boat and he took his son. He was last seen yesterday at 5:00 p.m. This information was not learned until today when investigators went to his home looking for him.
At this point, the Delaware State Police is handling this as a missing persons investigation.
Should anyone spot Mr. Whitehair or his son, they are asked to contact DSP Troop 3 at 302-697-4455 or 911.