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Coast Guard rescue 4 people aboard 32 nautical miles off Wachapreague

Coast Guard rescue 4 people aboard 32 nautical miles off Wachapreague
Crews from Coast Guard Station Wachapreague and Coast Guard Cutter Angela McShan dewater a disabled boat 32 miles offshore from Wachapreague, Virginia, June 17, 2021.
The vessel was towed back to shore over the course of six hours.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

WACHAPREAGUE, V.A. — The Coast Guard rescue a vessel with 4 people aboard that was taking on water, 32 miles east of Wachapreague Inlet on Thursday.​ ​

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Virginia received the report via VHF-FM channel 16 at 7:08 a.m. They issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, then dispatched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Wachapreague, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Chincoteague, an MH-60 Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City and Coast Guard Cutter Angela McShan to respond.​

Coast Guard rescue 4 people aboard 32 nautical miles off Wachapreague
Archive image: Two Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopters arrive at Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, for refueling and flight checks, Sept. 14, 2018.
The crews were working around the clock to ensure the helicopters were ready to conduct search and rescue missions in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Hodges.

The USCGC Angela McShan arrived on scene at 8:11 a.m. to assess vessel stability. At 9:05 a.m., the boat crew from Station Wachapreague’s Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) transferred a dewatering pump to the sinking vessel and took the vessel under tow.​

After a six hour towing evolution, Station Wachapreague moored the vessel in Wachapreague where it was later trailered. No injuries were reported.

Coast Guard rescue 4 people aboard 32 nautical miles off Wachapreague
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City flies overhead as crews from Coast Guard Cutter Angela McShan and Station Wachapreague dewater a disabled boat 32 miles offshore from Wachapreague, Virginia, June 17, 2021.
The vessel was towed back to shore over the course of six hours.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

“Situations can change very quickly while you’re out on the water, which is why it’s so important to have the requisite safety equipment in case of an emergency,” said Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Butierries, the Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Virginia. “A working VHF-FM radio is imperative, and always make sure that you and your passengers are wearing life jackets.”

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Coast Guard rescue 4 people aboard 32 nautical miles off Wachapreague
A crew from Coast Guard Station Wachapreague tows a disabled boat back to Wachapreague, Virginia, June 17, 2021. The crew dewatered the vessel before beginning the six hour tow.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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