Coast Guard rescues 1 from water near Gwynn Island, Va.

29-foot Response Boat-Small U.S. Coast Guard file photo

29-foot Response Boat-Small U.S. Coast Guard file photo

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guard boat crew rescued a man from the water approximately a half-mile north of Gwynn Island, Virginia, Sunday afternoon.

A resident of the island contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders in Portsmouth at 2:45 p.m. and reported an overturned catamaran with one visible person in the water.

A 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Milford Haven in Hudgins, Virginia, launched to assist, but the person swam to shore before they arrived.

Upon learning that there was another unaccounted-for person in the vicinity, the rescue crew located and recovered the second individual from the water.

The crew transported both men to Station Milford Haven to be evaluated by a local EMS team. The individual recovered from the water was experiencing mild hypothermic symptoms.

The catamaran is aground on Gwynn Island and does not pose a hazard to navigation.

“Although we’re experiencing warmer air temperatures, the water is still below 60 degrees and poses a serious threat to anyone who falls overboard,” said Lt. j.g. Brad Milliken, command duty officer at Sector Hampton Roads. “This man gave himself the best possible chance to be rescued. He made the choice to wear a life jacket, which helped keep him afloat, and a wetsuit, which helped him endure the cold water.”

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