Coast Guard recovers 2 near Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A Coast Guard response boat crew from Station Little Creek in Virginia Beach recovered two unresponsive people from the water about two miles north of the fourth island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Friday afternoon.

A boater in the area notified Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders at 12:55 p.m. that he saw an unresponsive person in the water.

Coast Guard Station Little Creek launched a response boat crew to investigate. Virginia Marine Resources Commission also dispatched a boat.

The response boat crew from Station Little Creek recovered the person in the water and found one more person in the water about 300 yards away. The boat crew found both people unresponsive with no vital signs.

Both people were brought back to Station Little Creek, where they were transferred to emergency medical personnel.

A response boat from Station Cape Charles, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., a VMRC boat and a VMRC airplane are searching the area for a boat or debris.

Local authorities are making notifications to the next of kin. VMRC is investigating the cause of the incident.

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