Coast Guard rescues 4 boaters in distress near Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The Coast Guard rescued four people after their vessel started taking on water in Lynnhaven Roads area near Virginia Beach Saturday evening.

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads dispatchers received a call from the distressed boaters at 8:48 p.m. stating their 26-foot pleasure craft was rapidly taking on water in the vicinity of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, about two miles from shore. The boaters stated the plug was missing from their vessel and were worried the boat would capsize.

Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders diverted a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Little Creek at 8:50 p.m. The crew arrived on scene arrived shortly after along with Virginia Beach Fire Department Marine Operations. The crews quickly started pumping water out of the boat and were finished by 9:12 p.m.

The Coast Guard crew escorted the pleasure craft to Marina Shores Marina by 9:40 p.m.

“Preparation is key any time you go out on the water, even if you plan to stay within a couple of miles off shore,” said Carla Harsch, lead command center controller at Sector Hampton Roads. “The fact that these boaters had a VHF marine radio on board helped them immensely. As soon as they put that broadcast out there, multiple boats in the area responded, willing to help.”