Kayaker rescued near Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard rescued a woman Monday after her kayak overturned one and a half miles south of the first island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

The Coast Guard received a call at 1:36 p.m. from a member of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Police Department reporting they saw an overturned kayak and a person in the water.

A Good Samaritan arrived on scene but was unable to pull the woman out of the water.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Little Creek, Virginia Beach, Va., arrived on scene and rescued the woman.

The rescue boat crew transported her to their station and transferred her to awaiting emergency medical personnel.

She was treated for mild hypothermia.

The woman was reported not wearing a life jacket.

“We always promote boating safety,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Roberto Bobonis, a crewman at Station Little Creek. “The number one thing is wearing your life jacket. You can only swim so long when the water temperature is under 50 degrees.”

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