Coast Guard assists 3 boaters near Virginia Beach, VA

From left to right: Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Delange, Petty Officer 2nd Class Geoffrey Wells, Seaman Walter Jesuncosky, Petty Officer 3rd Class Manny Groll and Fireman Anthony Salas pause to take a photo at Cove Marina in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Aug. 17, 2017. The Coast Guard crew members from Station Little Creek in Virginia Beach assisted three boaters whose boat began taking on water near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel by dewatering the vessel and towing it ashore. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Geoffrey Wells/Released)

From left to right: Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Delange, Petty Officer 2nd Class Geoffrey Wells, Seaman Walter Jesuncosky, Petty Officer 3rd Class Manny Groll and Fireman Anthony Salas pause to take a photo at Cove Marina in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Aug. 17, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Geoffrey Wells)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard Station Little Creek crews assisted three people after their boat began taking on water off Virginia Beach, Virginia, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth received a radio call at about 6:20 p.m. that a 27-foot Bayliner boat with three people aboard was taking on water in the vicinity of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast. Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and 29-foot Response Boat-Small crews from Station Little Creek in Virginia Beach launched to assist.

Once on scene, Station Little Creek crew members boarded the vessel with a dewatering pump to manage the flooding.

The RB-M crew took the boat in tow, then passed the tow to the RB-S crew, who towed the boat to Cove Marina in Virginia Beach.

“Mishaps can worsen very suddenly underway, which is why people should call for help as soon as something goes wrong,” said Seaman Walter Jesuncosky, coxswain for the case. “Having communications equipment like radios on board is a good way to ensure you can call for assistance when you need it.”

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