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.
“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.”