Station Portsmouth rescues 2 men near Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard crews rescued two men from the water after their boat sank near the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Saturday afternoon.

Norfolk dispatch contacted Sector Hampton Roads and passed a report of two men clinging to the hull of their capsized boat near the HRBT at 3:50 p.m. They deployed a Coast Guard Auxiliary airplane, a Station Portsmouth boat crew and contacted the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and Virginia Beach Marine Police for their assistance.

The Station Portsmouth rescue boat crew located the two men holding onto their 17-foot center-console boat and pulled them from the water at 4:51 p.m. One of the men showed signs of hypothermia and they were taken to Blue Water Marina where EMS were waiting.

Both men stabilized at the hospital and were released.

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  1. Miranda says:

    These two men actually were not clinging to their boat anymore at the time of their rescue; it was already gone. The boat quickly went underwater, sending one man out into the open water with only a gas can to hang on to. The other man swam to him and managed to put a life jacket onto him. They floated in the water for close to an hour, watching boats go by, but unfortunately none were able to see them. Finally they were rescued, after thinking they were certainly going to die. One man did suffer from some hypothermia and had water in his lungs, but he was lucky that the other man was able to keep him alive. They are both doing ok health wise now. They are just trying to cope with the event and how much they lost although they are extremely thankful to still be alive.