Coast Guard rescues two, medevacs one in two separate Hampton Roads cases

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard units saved two people and medevaced a third in two separate incidents on Sunday and Monday in Hampton Roads.

On Sunday afternoon a crew from Coast Guard Station Milford Haven, Va., rescued two people whose sailboat capsized in Davis Creek, near Mobjack Bay. Early this morning, a HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., medevaced a woman reportedly suffering a stroke from a cruise ship in the vicinity of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

At 3:20 p.m. Station Milford Haven received a call from the Matthews County, Va., Sherriff’s Department reporting two people clinging to the sides of a capsized sailing vessel. A rescue boat crew from Station Milford Haven and a rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City were launched in response. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission responded as well. Station Milford Haven arrived on scene first at 3:50 p.m. and found a 69-year-old and a 73-year-old man. Both individuals refused medical assistance and were transferred to the care of family members on shore.

At 1:23 this morning Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a call from the cruise ship Carnival Pride reporting that a 63-year-old female passenger was having a stroke. Air Station Elizabeth City launched a rescue helicopter crew, which arrived on scene at 3 a.m. The woman was hoisted aboard and then transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment.

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