Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue boater from boat fire

Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The Coast Guard assisted with the rescue of a boater Monday after the man’s 33-foot sailboat caught fire five miles west of Windmill Point in the Chesapeake Bay.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a call from John Lee Brown Jr. stating his sailboat was on fire, around 10:40 a.m. A good Samaritan contacted the Coast Guard watchstanders and reported they had the burning sailboat in sight.

Before the Coast Guard arrived on scene, the good Samaritan assisted Brown off his sailboat. When the Coast Guard arrived they took Brown to safety.

Also on scene were Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) crew from Coast Guard Station Milford Haven, boat crews from the Virginia Marine Resource Commission and Towboat US.

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