Coast Guard rescues 2 kayakers from James River

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guard boat crew rescued two kayakers from the water near Riverside Beach in Newport News, Monday evening.

One kayaker had called 911 after their kayak had overturned.

Newport News dispatch called Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders who launched a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth.

The rescue boat crew arrived on scene and located the two kayakers. Both kayakers were safe and neither person had any health concerns. Both kayakers and their kayaks have been safely transferred to a Newport News fire boat that was also dispatched for the rescue.

Also responding were the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and Isle of Wight County rescue boats.

“They both had lifejackets on, and the constant cell phone contact with the dispatcher helped in the quick response of all units involved,” said Jerry Besecker, operation unit specialist at Sector Hampton Roads.

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