Coast Guard rescues 3 after catarmaran capsizes in Virginia.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued three people after a catamaran capsized Saturday night near New Point, Virginia.

A family member of the three missing people called the Coast Guard Sector Virginia command center at approximately 8 p.m. Saturday to report their vessel overdue for their scheduled return.

Virginia Marine Police recovered two of the three individuals clinging to New Point Spit Channel Light #2, a nearby aid to navigation.

A Coast Guard Station Milford Haven 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew recovered the third survivor who had also been separated from the vessel. All three people were wearing life jackets and were recovered without injury and transported to Davis Creek for EMS evaluation.

“This family is celebrating Father’s Day, because everyone was wearing a life jacket,” said Lt. Cmdr. Erica Elfguinn, search and rescue coordinator for Sector Virginia. “They were successfully located in large part because of that decision. The Coast Guard appreciates the local partnerships in locating the survivors and quickly returning them all home.”

The following units and agencies participated in the search of Dyers Creek, Mobjack Bay and portions of the Chesapeake Bay for the missing persons:

  • Coast Guard Station Milford Haven
  • Coast Guard Station Cape Charles
  • Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City
  • Virginia Marine Police
  • Mathews County Sheriff’s Office
  • Abingdon County Fire Department


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