Coast Guard experiences spike in suspected hoax distress cases in NC, Va.

Coast Guard experiences spike in suspected hoax distress cases in NC, Va.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard command centers in North Carolina and Virginia experienced an increase in suspected hoax distress calls in November. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington and Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth typically notice a spike in the amount of traffic on VHF-FM channel 16 during the late fall, as well as an increase in suspected false distress...

Coast Guard medevacs man suffering from seizure near Virginia Beach, Va.

Coast Guard medevacs man suffering from seizure near Virginia Beach, Va.
Coast Guard Station Little Creek 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 3rd. Class Mark Jones PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guard Station Little Creek crew medevaced a man with multiple sclerosis suffering from a seizure on a boat near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Saturday afternoon. At 12:29 p.m., someone aboard a 23-foot Boston Whaler, the Miss Joe, called out for assistance on...

Coast Guard concludes search for man located alive near Machipongo, Va.

Coast Guard concludes search for man located alive near Machipongo, Va.
Coast Guard Cutter Mako file photo photo by AUX David Lau PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard concluded its search for a Norfolk man after he was located alive near Machipongo Sunday. Wesley Schoonmaker was discovered by a good Samaritan after Schoonmaker came ashore with his raft at a Machipongo beach near the person’s home and walked into their backyard. The good Samaritan called Eastern Shore...

Coast Guard, others search for man near Norfolk, Va.

Coast Guard, others search for man near Norfolk, Va.
Coast Guard Cutter Mako file photo photo by AUX David Lau PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and other agencies are searching Sunday for a man last seen planning to take a raft out on the Chesapeake Bay. The Norfolk Police Department notified the Coast Guard at about 5 p.m. on Saturday that 49-year-old Wesley Schoonmaker was last seen departing his Norfolk residence wearing a full wetsuit. He had...

Coast Guard suspends its search for missing man near Quinby, Va.

Coast Guard suspends its search for missing man near Quinby, Va.
Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing man southeast of Quinby Saturday. The 36-year-old missing man was last seen camping on Parramore Island around midnight Thursday. The Coast Guard searched for a total of 30 hours covering approximately 142 square miles Friday and Saturday. “One of the most difficult decisions...

Coast Guard searching for missing man near Quinby, Va.

Coast Guard searching for missing man near Quinby, Va.
Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and other agencies are searching for a missing man southeast of Quinby Saturday. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth received notification at about 2:40 p.m. Friday that 36-year-old Will Judge of Baltimore, Maryland, last seen camping on Parramore Island near Quinby Inlet,...

Coast Guard assists 2 on vessel taking on water near Portsmouth, VA

Coast Guard assists 2 on vessel taking on water near Portsmouth, VA
29-foot Response Boat Small-II File Photo PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard assisted two people aboard a vessel taking on water early this morning near the West Norfolk Bridge in Portsmouth. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth received notification at about 1:10 a.m. that a 30-foot vessel with two people aboard was taking on water near the east side...

Coast Guard assists 4 aboard boat taking on water in northern VA

Coast Guard assists 4 aboard boat taking on water in northern VA
From left to right: Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Collins, Petty Officer 1st Class Kendall Story, Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Nieves, Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Ford and Petty Officer 2nd Class Benjamin Packett pose with the owner of the 36-foot vessel that they helped dewater near the mouth of the Rappahannock River in Virginia, Oct. 7, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) PORTSMOUTH,...

Coast Guard rescues man aboard sinking vessel in Portsmouth, VA

Coast Guard rescues man aboard sinking vessel in Portsmouth, VA
29-foot Response Boat-Small (U.S. Coast Guard file photo) PORTSMOUTH, Va. — U.S. Coast Guard Station Portsmouth crews rescued a man after his wife reported his vessel was taking on water near the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads in Portsmouth received a call at about midnight that a woman’s husband had called her to say his boat’s battery had died,...