Coast Guard rescues 4 from Back River near Poquoson, Va.

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued four people from the Back River Wednesday after a 12-foot sailboat overturned near Poquoson.

A crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat – Small from Coast Guard Station Little Creek in Virginia Beach notified Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders of an overturned sailboat with four people in the water at approximately 3 p.m.

Crewmembers aboard the RB-S were conducting a search when they noticed people in the water waving their arms. The crew pulled up near the people in the water and the four people swam to the Coast Guard boat. The RB-S crew took them to the Poquoson Yacht Club in Poquoson.

“I’m glad they were all wearing their life jackets,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Tonya Smothers, the coxswain aboard the RB-S from Station Little Creek.

The vessel has been salvaged by the owner.

There are no reports of injuries.

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