Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a report at approximately 7 p.m. Friday that a 30-foot sailboat out of Hampton was disabled and beset by weather with two men and two women aboard.
A 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles launched at approximately 8 p.m. The boat crew transferred a crew member to the sailboat who assisted the sailboat passengers in setting a tow. The crew towed the sailboat to Cape Charles Harbor and moored up at 9:08 p.m.
“We advise those in the sailing community to always make sure to check the weather before you take sail for a long trip,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Schadt, coxswain for the case. “Thankfully, our crew’s training in rough weather assured the passengers a successful tow back to shore before the situation got worse.”
No injuries or pollution were reported.