Coast Guard rescues 2 kayakers in Chesapeake Bay

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Coast Guard helped two kayakers stranded in the southern area of the Chesapeake Bay off Oyster Point Saturday evening.

Dispatchers at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a call just before 8 p.m. for two male kayakers that were stuck in shallow swampy water and could not continue paddling about six miles south of Oyster Point.

Sector Hampton Roads launched a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles at 8:40 p.m. The RB-S crew arrived on scene at 11:15 p.m. and found the kayakers. The kayakers waded through the shallow water and climbed aboard the response boat.

The men and their kayaks were taken back to Oyster Point at 1:19 a.m by the RB-S crew. No injuries were reported.

“It’s good for people to know the area and know their surroundings before going out,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Luis Arroyo, the coxswain of the RB-S crew. “Always have a back-up plan to get home.”

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