Coast Guard Responds to Sinking Vessel Off Virginia Coast

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard responded to a fishing vessel with ten people onboard that was taking on water approximately 27 miles east of Cape Henry, Va., Sunday evening.

An HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter based out of Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., completed a hoist of all ten people onboard the fishing vessel Pura Vida at about 7:30 p.m. A C-130 Hercules airplane that was responding on another case diverted to provide air cover for the distressed vessel during the rescue.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to carry a marine band radio aboard vessels to report distress in the event of an emergency.

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