Coast Guard announces toll-free number for Hampton Roads area marine emergencies

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Any mariners experiencing a marine emergency and unable to contact Sector Hampton Roads via Marine VHF Radio Channel 16 (156.8 MHz), the primary method of communication, may now call a new toll-free emergency number:  1-877-SCCJSAR (722-5727)

Sector Hampton Roads is responsible for responding to marine emergencies in the following areas: along the coast from the Delaware-Maryland border to the Virginia-North Carolina border, in the Chesapeake Bay south of the Potomac River, and within the navigable rivers of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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