Coast Guard assists disabled boat 28 miles offshore

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Coast Guard towed a 26-foot boat to shore after it was disabled 28 miles east of Virginia Beach Saturday.

A 9-1-1 operator contacted the Coast Guard at 6:34 p.m. stating they had received a SPOT notification from the vessel School Zone, which indicated their position.

An MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, located the vessel, and guided a rescue boat crew aboard a 45-foot response boat from Station Little Creek to the scene.

The boat crew arrived on scene and towed the boat to Rudee Inlet.

“SPOT is a handheld satellite personal tracker that sends the position to a SPOT office who then calls us with the position,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Bernice Paver, a search-and-rescue controller at the Coast Guard command center in Portsmouth. “Then we allocate search assets, and they go out and rescue the people.”

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