Coast Guard rescues man in Chesapeake Bay

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard rescued a 26-year-old man after he fell overboard from a 26-foot boat near the east side of the second island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

The Coast Guard received a report at 10:10 p.m. that the man had fallen overboard and was brought back aboard the boat, but was suffering from hypothermia and needed medical attention. The owner of the boat wrapped him in the sail to keep him warm.

A Coast Guard rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Little Creek, Virginia Beach, arrived on scene and transported the man to the station where he was treated by awaiting emergency medical personnel.

When the rescue crew arrived, the man was wearing a life jacket.

“Wearing a life jacket can definitely increase your chance of survival. You should wear one at all times when you’re on the water,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony Cardona, the officer of the day at Coast Guard Station Little Creek.

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