The family of 47-year-old Erik Mezick who died late last month after his box truck plunged off of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is asking for help in locating his body after the Coast Guard’s termination of the search.
The family says they recognize the danger of being on the water right now, but encourage any fishermen, crabbers, duck hunters, or other boaters who happen to be out to please be on the look out. They are even offering a $10,000 reward for any information regarding the whereabouts of his body.
The family has gone out in search of him themselves, but have had no luck so far.
“He’s my brother,” Kevin Mezick said. “He’s not going to be left alone. I’m not going to stop searching until I find him. I know he would do the exact same thing for me.”
“It just tears me up that he’s in that water by himself,” Kevin Mezick continued, “and I can’t get to him.”
Although the Coast Guard has called off the search, the Virginia Marine Police have not stopped looking, and are combing the bay using two boats and a plane each day, reported The Virginian Pilot.
“We want to let the family know that somebody is still looking,” said Matthew Rogers, a marine police colonel. “We have resources deployed to see if we can get their loved one back home.”
“I know in a sense it’s irrelevant, “said Mezick’s wife, Nicole, but “we’re gonna hold on to whatever we can.”