Coast Guard rescues 4 stranded near Wachapreague, Va.

A Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water crew from Station Wachapreague brings four stranded boaters back to shore after their boat ran aground near Wachapreague, May 25, 2017. The recreational fishermen were not familiar with the area, known for extremely shallow water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Wachapreague/Released)

A Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water crew from Station Wachapreague brings four stranded boaters back to shore after their boat ran aground near Wachapreague, May 25, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Wachapreague)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued four people after a recreational fishing boat ran aground near Wachapreague Thursday.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth received a report at about 8:15 a.m. that a 22-foot Sea Hunt with four people aboard ran aground in Drawing Channel near Green Island.

Watchstanders issued a maritime assistance request broadcast to alert any boaters in the area.

A 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow crew launched from Coast Guard Station Wachapreague and arrived on scene at about 9:45 a.m. The Coast Guard safely took all four stranded boaters on board and brought them to Station Wachapreague.

The boat’s owner is working on a plan to retrieve the vessel.

“Boaters not familiar with this area should exercise caution when boating in these extremely shallow and unpredictable waters,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Kahler, coxswain on the case.

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