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Coast Guard rescue woman swept out to sea from Metompkin Inlet, Virginia

Coast Guard rescue woman swept out to sea from Metompkin Inlet, Virginia
Archive image: An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter is shown during maintenance at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City in Elizabeth City, N.C., Feb. 29, 2012.
The Air Station was commissioned, Aug. 15, 1940, and operates four Jayhawks and five HC-130 Hercules aircraft.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard crews rescue a 67-year-old woman after she was swept out to sea from Metompkin Inlet on Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Virginia received notification from Accomack County dispatch.

The woman’s husband called 911 after witnessing her get swept out to sea.

The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Virginia dispatched a 24-foot Special Purpose Watercraft boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Wachapreague and an MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City to search for the woman.​

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission also conducted search efforts.

The woman was located by the Station Wachapreague boatcrew 1 nautical mile off Metompkin Inlet clinging to a boogie board.

Station Wachapreague transported the woman to Folly Creek Boat Ramp.

“Through rapid coordination efforts of the command center watchstanders and partner agencies, we were able to conduct an effective rescue and safely bring the survivor back to shore,” said Lt. Steven Pope, Command Duty Officer at Coast Guard Sector Virginia. “This is another example of an efficient and rapid response effort as well as interagency coordination.”


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