Coast Guard rescues stranded man from island near Carrollton, Va.

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued a 33-year-old man Monday who was stranded while camping on Ragged Island near Carrollton, Va.

Rescued was Anthony Gontarz.

Gontarz called 911 dispatch when weather worsened, and the rising tide stranded him on the island he was camping on near Ragged Island Creek.

Carrollton Volunteer Fire Department crews dispatched a boat crew but were unable to rescue Gontarz due to his location and weather conditions.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., fire department personnel contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders requesting helicopter assistance.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., launched and arrived on scene at approximately 3:30 a.m.

Gontarz was hoisted into the helicopter and taken to a safe landing zone where he was transferred to an awaiting ambulance service and taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News.

Gontarz was reported to be in good condition.

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