Multiple agencies to participate in maritime mass rescue exercise in Elizabeth River

Multiple agencies to participate in maritime mass rescue exercise in Elizabeth River
PORTSMOUTH, Va — Personnel from the Coast Guard, Navy, state of Virginia, and local emergency response organizations are scheduled to conduct mass rescue exercise in the Elizabeth River Tuesday. The purpose of the exercise is to improve coordination, communication, and response techniques among the participating agencies during a mass rescue event by simulating an evacuation of 90 passengers aboard...

Coast Guard medevacs unconscious man in Cape Charles, VA

Coast Guard medevacs unconscious man in Cape Charles, VA
Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 60-year-old man from a ship anchored in Cape Charles, Virginia, Thursday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads were notified this morning by a representative of the Nord Chesapeake, a 656-foot Panamanian vessel, that a crew member was unconscious. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was dispatched...

Coast Guard seeks input on proposed aids to navigation changes in Lynnhaven Inlet

Coast Guard seeks input on proposed aids to navigation changes in Lynnhaven Inlet
Broad Bay Channel Day Beacon 18 (LLNR 10420) located in Broad Bay, Virginia Beach. (Coast Guard Photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brooks Carey) PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard 5th District is seeking public input on proposed changes to aids to navigation in Long Creek, Broad Bay and Lynnhaven Inlet due to significant shoaling and navigational safety concerns. The Coast Guard, working with our...

Coast Guard suspends search for 2 in James River, VA

Coast Guard suspends search for 2 in James River, VA
Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter file photo PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard has suspended their search for two boaters, who went missing on the James River. The two people went missing after a collision took place between a recreational boat, with six people aboard, and an oyster barge being pushed by a tug, which was headed for an oyster bed near the James River Bridge, Saturday. “We would...

Coast Guard medevacs man in Chesapeake Bay, VA

Coast Guard medevacs man in Chesapeake Bay, VA
Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a recreational boat in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, Friday. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads command center received notification at 2:20 p.m. from the man’s wife that her 53-year-old husband became ill and fatigued and needed to be medevaced. An MH-60...

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads holds change-of-command ceremony

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads holds change-of-command ceremony
Coast Guard Capt. Rick Wester and Capt. Kevin Carroll salute one another during a change-of-command ceremony on Base Portsmouth, June 12, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton) PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard Capt. Kevin Carroll relieved Capt. Rick Wester as commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads during a change-of-command ceremony Tuesday on Base Portsmouth. Rear Adm. Meredith...

Removal of aids to navigation in Virginia Inside Passage to continue

Removal of aids to navigation in Virginia Inside Passage to continue
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is overseeing the removal of 56 aids to navigation in the Virginia Inside Passage on Virginia’s Eastern Shore from June to August. A contractor is removing previously identified dayboards in waterways from Gargathy Inlet to north of Great Machipongo Inlet after shoaling in these areas created a significant hazard to navigation. The continued shoaling within these...

Coast Guard suspends search for man in York River, Va.

Coast Guard suspends search for man in York River, Va.
Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a man in the York River Wednesday. The Coast Guard suspended after searching with other agencies a combined total of approximately 553 square miles through Tuesday night. The Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two Two (HSC-22), Virginia Marine Resources Commission, James City County Police,...

Coast Guard, others search for man in York River, Va.

Coast Guard, others search for man in York River, Va.
Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew file photo PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and other agencies are searching for a man Tuesday in the York River after a jon boat capsized near York River State Park in Williamsburg. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth received notification at about 2:30 p.m. from the James City County Police Dept. that the 14-foot boat...