Good Samaritan rescues 1, Coast Guard searches for 2 in Rappahannock River

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is searching for two men in the Rappahannock River near Tappahannock Saturday, after a good Samaritan rescued a man from a 15-foot boat that capsized with three people aboard.

A good Samaritan noticed a capsized vessel in the Rappahannock River from his home and got underway aboard his boat to assist. Once he arrived on scene, he was able to rescue a man from the water.

The rescued man stated two additional men were missing and not wearing life jackets. Once the good Samaritan and the man arrived back to shore, they called 911 to report the missing men.

An emergency dispatcher contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders at approximately 10 a.m. reporting a 15-foot boat had capsized in the Rappahannock River.

Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, launched crews aboard a 25-foot Response Boat – Small and a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water from Coast Guard Station Milford Haven, diverted two Coast Guard Auxiliary boats and an aircraft and requested an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to search. A fire department boatcrew from Lancaster County is also assisting in the search for the missing men.

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