NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Five people were taken to the hospital Friday following a water rescue call in East Ocean View, according to Norfolk Fire Department.The Coast Guard rescued three people from the water including one of four children who drifted away from shore with no life jacket on.
Norfolk Fire-Rescue officials say crews were called to Community Beach in East Ocean View just before 6:30 p.m. for a water rescue. Watchstanders at the Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth received a call from Norfolk Dispatch around 6:40 p.m. that four children without life jackets on drifted away from the shore. Dispatchers sent out an urgent marine information broadcast to alert mariners in the area.
The Station Little Creek crew arrived on scene to find a Norfolk police officer in the water working to assist a young girl and her stepfather who had gone in the water after her. The crew pulled all three people from the water. Three of the four children initially reported in the water were rescued by a Norfolk Fire Department crew prior to the Coast Guard arriving on scene.
The officer was evaluated by medics and was not taken to the hospital.
Officials say the five people — one adult and four minors — were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
All the patients were reportedly conscious and appeared in good condition.