Coast Guard rescues 3 from boat taking on water off Virginia Beach

45 Cape CharlesLITTLE CREEK, Va.– The Coast Guard rescued three mariners Saturday after their boat began taking on water near Virginia Beach.

Coast Guard Station Little Creek watchstanders received a report at approximately 7:15 p.m. that a 23-foot boat was taking on water 10 miles east of Rudee Inlet.

Station Little Creek diverted a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew already underway, and it arrived on scene at approximately 7:45 p.m. TowBoat US also arrived on scene.

The Coast Guard personnel transferred the three men onto the RB-M and brought them to Owl’s Creek boat ramp in Virginia Beach.

TowBoat US towed the 23-foot boat to Owl’s Creek. There were no injuries or pollution reported.

“It was not a good case, because no case is good, but it was a smooth case,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Reynolds, who was the RB-M coxswain. “Our boat manual says, ‘Train, maintain and operate,’ and that’s just what Station Little Creek does.”

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