PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guard crew from Air Station Elizabeth City rescued two people from a fishing boat taking on water approximately 40 miles off False Cape State Park in Virginia Beach, Va., Saturday.
The Jayhawk crew lowered their rescue swimmer, hoisted the two people into the helicopter and took them to the air station where American Red Cross personnel assisted them. U.S. Coast Guard video by Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City
According to a press release from the Coast Guard, crewmembers aboard the Lauren Dorothy, a 53-foot fishing boat, contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday requesting assistance after their boat began taking on water.
Sector watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and diverted crews aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City to assist.
The Hercules crew arrived on scene at about 7:10 p.m. and established communications with the crew of the Lauren Dorothy.
Afterwards, the Jayhawk crew arrived on scene, hoisted the two people into the helicopter and took them to Air Station Elizabeth City, where American Red Cross personnel assisted them.
There were no reports of injuries.