Local Coast Guard station conducts two rescues this week

Coast Guard personnel from Station Little Creek speak with passengers of a disabled 27-foot sailboat Thursday, March 31, 2016. Station Little Creek conducted two back-to-back search and rescue cases Wednesday and Thursday near Fort Wool and Cape Henry, Virginia, resulting in the rescue of three adult males and one child. (Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class Geoffrey Wells)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard Little Creek Station successfully conducted two rescue efforts this week, rescuing three men and a child.

Crews rescued a 55-year-old man in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 30, who had been complaining of chest pains on-board the Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship.

The ship was four miles east of Cape Henry.

Station Little Creek crews arrived at the ship at 2:30 a.m., and transferred the man, his wife and a nurse. The man was taken to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.

On Wednesday night, crews rescued two men and a child from a 27-foot sailboat that was disabled due to weather near Fort Wool.

No injuries were reported in the first rescue, and the Coast Crew towed the boat to Cobb’s Marina in Norfolk.

“Our operational crews are always ready to respond to emergency medical situations at all times,” said Capt. Keane, commander of Sector Hampton Roads. “The coordination between the cruise ship, U.S. Customs and the Coast Guard insured a rapid and effective response.”

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