PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man Monday, after his boat ran aground Sunday evening near Jamestown Island.
The man had reportedly ran aground in a 15-foot skiff on the northern end of the island, along Back River.
The Coast Guard says Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders sent out several maritime assistance requests — however, no mariners were able to help.
The man decided to wait to until high tide to see if his boat would refloat. After high-tide, he requested help, saying that he was not able to free the boat.
A helicopter crew was dispatched to island, and helivaced the man to Williamsburg Airport.
Capt. Christopher Keane, Sector Hampton Roads Commander said the man was able to reach the Coast Guard despite not having a marine radio on board the skiff.
“Cell phones are important tools, but mariners should not rely solely on cell phones to reach the Coast Guard,” Keane said.