Local / Virginia

Coast Guard rescues 2 aboard sinking boat

Vehicles sits on the road by a missing section of guard rail along a segment of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel where a tractor-trailer went over the southbound side at the 15-mile marker, Thursday afternoon Feb. 9, 2017, near Virginia Beach, Va. A truck driver died after heavy winds swept his tractor trailer off the 23-mile bridge-tunnel between Virginia Beach and the Delmarva Peninsula, and into the 45-degree, wind-swept waters below, authorities said. A Navy helicopter plucked a driver from the roof of the floating vehicle, but later died, authorities said. (Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Vehicles sits on the road by a missing section of guard rail along a segment of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel where a tractor-trailer went over the southbound side at the 15-mile marker, Thursday afternoon Feb. 9, 2017, near Virginia Beach, Va. A truck driver died after heavy winds swept his tractor trailer off the 23-mile bridge-tunnel between Virginia Beach and the Delmarva Peninsula, and into the 45-degree, wind-swept waters below, authorities said. A Navy helicopter plucked a driver from the roof of the floating vehicle, but later died, authorities said. (Bill Tiernan/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says crews rescued two people aboard a sinking boat.

It happened Sunday afternoon near the third island at the bridge and tunnel near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

The Coast Guard said in a statement that Station Little Creek received notification that a 23-foot boat struck an underwater rock and was taking on water. A crew already in the area training was diverted and a second crew launched.

Officials say both crews transferred pumps to the vessel, then escorted the boat to Lynnhaven Marine Boatel in Virginia Beach.

 

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Advertisements