Police ID the two canoers who died in York County

The Virginia Marine Police have identified the two men who died after their canoe capsized Monday near the mouth of the Poquoson River in York County.

They were Benjamin Leeming, 26 of Newport News and David Nicks, 24, of York County.

Their bodies were found not far offshore from Jennings Drive, said York Fire Chief Stephen Kopczynski.

Details of the incident have not been released pending the outcome of the investigation being conducted by the Virginia Marine Police.

The men’s bodies were recovered 600 yards offshore by Newport News and York county divers after being located by side-scan sonar. They were recovered at approximately 5:35 p.m. Monday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Three men had gone out on the canoe around 11:30 p.m. Sunday at the Boat House Cove area of Dare where it capsized at one point.

One was able to swim back to shore around the 100 block of Jennings Drive and call for help. His name has not been released.

First responders were notified shortly before 4:30 a.m Monday and sent to the scene in the 100 block of Jennings Drive, authorities said.

Several agencies spent most of the day Monday searching for the two men.

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