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2 hunters missing along James River

Austin Savage and Kyle Englehart (Source: WVEC) Austin Savage and Kyle Englehart (Source: WVEC)
JAMESTOWN, VA (WWBT) -

UPDATE: State police have resumed the search for the missing duck hunters.


Loved ones are still searching for two missing hunters whose boat is believed to have capsized in James City County.

Kyle Englehart, 29, and Austin Savage, 20, have not been seen since they hit the water Wednesday to go repair a duck blind. Both men have ties to Varina.

"We never thought this would happen to Kyle," said Kyle's brother Kameron Englehart.

The men left the Jamestown Yacht Basin on a 16-foot boat, attempting to cross the James River and head to Gray's Creek to go repair a duck blind. The trip happening during frigid temperatures, when five to 10 inches of snow began blanketing the region.

"He believes in Christianity and he's just a good guy. Never did anything wrong," said Kameron Englehart.

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for the missing men on Friday.

"It ain't too late, but we need to find him," said Kameron Englehart.

"When salt water gets cold, the human body doesn't belong there," said boating expert Jim Taylor.

Taylor is offering tips on what to do if your boat overturns.

"Stay with the boat. If the boat will float, stay with the boat. If you branch out by yourself, you're going to be harder to find. The boat is bigger than you."

He says communicate with loved ones before the trip.

"Before you go, let someone know where you're going from, when you're going and when you expect to be back," said Taylor. "Before you hit that water, have that life jacket on. Even before that, heaven forbid, check the weather."

"They were both experienced about what they were trying to do, but I guess the weather, Mother Nature got em," said Kameron Englehart. "Please bring my brother and Austin Savage back home to their family, because I'm sure they feel the way that we do."

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