Coast Guard, good Samaritan, VMP respond to sinking sailboat in Elizabeth River, Va.

5th Coast Guard District NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard, a good Samaritan and the Virginia Marine Police came to the aid of a boater in the Elizabeth River near Chesapeake, Va. Wednesday.

A Coast Guard crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., responded at approximately 2 p.m. to the boater’s call for assistance via VHF-FM channel 16 after his boat began taking on water due to a reportedly broken rudder post.

The helicopter crew lowered a rescue swimmer to assist, and the good Samaritan aboard the tugboat Maverick also responded after hearing the Coast Guard’s urgent marine information broadcast from Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads about the sinking sailboat.

The tugboat crew took the boater aboard their vessel, and the Virginia Marine Police crew who responded with their vessel towed the 28-foot sailboat to a nearby marina in Chesapeake, Va.

“Today’s coordinated effort is representative of how we do business here in Hampton Roads,” said Lt. Jack Smith of Sector Hampton Roads. “We work every case as a team alongside state, local and good Samaritans from the boating public.”

Coast Guard crews from Station Portsmouth also responded to assist with a 41-foot Utility Boat and a 25-foot Response Boat-Small.

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