Coast Guard rescues man forced to abandon ship during boat fire

5th Coast Guard District NewsCAPE CHARLES, Va. — A fire forced a boat owner to abandon his 41-foot vessel, Resolute, and jump overboard into the water 16 miles east of Fisherman Island, Sunday.

The boater contacted the Coast Guard at 5:07 p.m. via VHF-FM channel 16, before abandoning his boat, and kept in constant communications while in the water with a hand-held radio.

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads launched an HH-60 helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and a 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles.

Station Cape Charles crew arrived on scene and pulled the man from the water.

A Virginia Beach fire boat took the man back to shore, and salvage operations are pending.

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