Bodies of missing boaters recovered

Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

MOSQUITO POINT—The bodies of missing boaters Mark Ringenberg and Dr. Stephen Perkins were recovered on the Rappahannock River May 23, four days after their boat washed ashore unoccupied near Mosquito Point.

Ringenberg, of Kansas City, Mo., and Dr. Perkins of Weems, both 59, were reported missing Sunday, May 19, when their 15-foot Boston Whaler washed ashore with keys in the ignition, shoes on the deck and cold drinks in the cooler, according to Chief Joshua French with the U.S. Coast Guard command center in Portsmouth. The two had departed Weems that morning.

According to Chief French, the Rappahannock and Chesapeake Bay had choppy seas that day.

Boat crews from Station Milford Haven in Mathews County, along with aircrews from Air Stations Elizabeth City, N.C., and Atlantic City, N.J., searched the river…


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