Coast Guard assists boat taking on water near Hampton, Va.

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard assisted a 48-foot sailboat Thursday with four people aboard approximately a mile west of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel near Hampton.

A crewmember aboard the sailboat Bright Star contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders at approximately 6:30 a.m. reporting the boat taking on water, and the vessel was making way into Willoughby Bay.

Sector watchstanders dispatched crews aboard a 25-foot Response Boat – Small from Coast Guard Station Little Creek and a 41-foot Utility Boat from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth to assist.

Both boatcrews arrived on scene at approximately 7 a.m. The UTB crew transferred two dewatering pumps and two crewmembers to the sailboat to begin dewatering efforts.

The Coast Guard crew affected repairs to the sailboat and assisted the Bright Star crew in dewatering the vessel.

The UTB crew escorted the sailboat to Willoughby Bay, and the owner is arranging for the vessel to be removed from the water for further repairs next week.

The Bright Star, a 48-foot sailboat, is shown near the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel after it was reported to the Coast Guard as taking on water, Thursday, April 4, 2013. A crew aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth arrived on scene, transferred two crew members and two dewatering pumps, affected repairs to the boat and assisted the Bright Star crew in dewatering the vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Thompson

The Bright Star, a 48-foot sailboat, is shown near the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel after it was reported to the Coast Guard as taking on water, Thursday, April 4, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Thompson

The Bright Star, a 48-foot sailboat, is shown near the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel after it was reported to the Coast Guard as taking on water, Thursday, April 4, 2013. A crew aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth arrived on scene, transferred two crew members and two dewatering pumps, affected repairs to the boat and assisted the Bright Star crew in dewatering the vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Thompson

The Bright Star, a 48-foot sailboat, is shown near the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel after it was reported to the Coast Guard as taking on water, Thursday, April 4, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Thompson

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