Coast Guard hoists 3 from disabled boat near Fisherman’s Island, Va.

FISHERMAN’S ISLAND, Va. – The Coast Guard rescued three adults from a disabled 25-foot boat after it went aground near Fisherman’s Island Wednesday.

The boat’s owner called the Coast Guard at 2:30 a.m. stating he had run aground.

He remained in contact with Sector Hampton Roads until 6:30 a.m. when he stated that his vessel had refloated with the return of the tide, but the engine would not start, and the boat was drifting toward a surf zone.

A rescue boat crew from Station Cape Charles launched, but was unable to respond due to the water being too shallow for their response boat.

A rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., arrived at 7:43 a.m. and transported the three people aboard the boat to the Hampton Executive Airport.

“They were out fishing in a shallow-water area, and they went aground when the tide went out,” said Jerry Besecker, an operational specialist at Sector Hampton Roads. “When they went aground, sand was sucked into the engine, causing it to be disabled, so it wouldn’t start again when they refloated.”

“We recommend that boaters always check the tidal forecasts and be aware of tide changes when they’re out on the water,” Besecker said. “You can call your local marina or Coast Guard station for that information if necessary.”

Tidal forecasts are also available online at:

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