Coast Guard rescues 2 from water off Cape Charles, VA

A 70-year-old man and his 34-year-old son wait for the Coast Guard’s assistance after re-righting their capsized sailboat in the water off Cape Charles, Virginia, Aug. 5, 2017. A Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station Cape Charles arrived on scene, pulled the men from the water, took the sailboat in tow and brought them safely ashore. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Francisco Garcia/Released)

A 70-year-old man and his 34-year-old son wait for the Coast Guard’s assistance after re-righting their capsized sailboat in the water off Cape Charles, Virginia, Aug. 5, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Francisco Garcia)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued two people from the water off Cape Charles, Virginia, Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders in Portsmouth were alerted at about 2 p.m. that a 14-foot sailboat with two people aboard was taking on water and had run aground in the vicinity of Cape Charles Coastal Habitat Natural Area Preserve.

The 70-year-old man and his 34-year-old son had re-launched their sailboat when an already-underway 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles diverted to assist.

The sailboat capsized and the two men entered the water, both wearing life jackets.

The RB-S crew arrived on scene and rescued the men, took the sailboat in tow and transited to Cape Charles Marina by 3:10 p.m.

“Weather conditions can change unpredictably on the water,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Christofer Brown, coxswain for the case. “It’s important to wear your life jackets at all times and stay prepared for the unexpected, as these gentlemen were.”

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