Coast Guard announces port openings in Virginia

Coast Guard announces port openings in Virginia
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads has reopened the ports in Virginia following the landfall of Hurricane Florence. The ports in Virginia saw limited impacts from the storm. “Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads is coordinating very closely with our port partners to ensure a quick and safe recovery from Hurricane Florence,” said Capt. Kevin Carroll, the commander...

Coast Guard assists overdue boater near Cape Charles, VA

Coast Guard assists overdue boater near Cape Charles, VA
29-foot Response Boat Small-II File Photo PORTSMOUTH, Va.–The Coast Guard assisted an overdue boater who went missing near Cherrystone Campground in Cape Charles, Virginia, late Monday night. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads were notified at about 9 p.m., Monday, by the man’s wife stating he left for a 15-minute trip in a Jon Boat, and had failed to return after over two hours. Sector...

10 people rescued from capsized boat near James River Bridge, VA

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The Coast Guard, Newport News Fire Department and Virginia Marine Police worked together to rescue 10 people from the water after their vessel capsized near the James River Bridge, early Saturday morning. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a call from Newport News Police Department who reported the capsized vessel with ten people in the water. A 29-foot...

Multiple agencies to participate in maritime mass rescue exercise in Elizabeth River

Multiple agencies to participate in maritime mass rescue exercise in Elizabeth River
PORTSMOUTH, Va — Personnel from the Coast Guard, Navy, state of Virginia, and local emergency response organizations are scheduled to conduct mass rescue exercise in the Elizabeth River Tuesday. The purpose of the exercise is to improve coordination, communication, and response techniques among the participating agencies during a mass rescue event by simulating an evacuation of 90 passengers aboard...

Coast Guard medevacs unconscious man in Cape Charles, VA

Coast Guard medevacs unconscious man in Cape Charles, VA
Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 60-year-old man from a ship anchored in Cape Charles, Virginia, Thursday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads were notified this morning by a representative of the Nord Chesapeake, a 656-foot Panamanian vessel, that a crew member was unconscious. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was dispatched...

Coast Guard seeks input on proposed aids to navigation changes in Lynnhaven Inlet

Coast Guard seeks input on proposed aids to navigation changes in Lynnhaven Inlet
Broad Bay Channel Day Beacon 18 (LLNR 10420) located in Broad Bay, Virginia Beach. (Coast Guard Photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brooks Carey) PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard 5th District is seeking public input on proposed changes to aids to navigation in Long Creek, Broad Bay and Lynnhaven Inlet due to significant shoaling and navigational safety concerns. The Coast Guard, working with our...

Coast Guard suspends search for 2 in James River, VA

Coast Guard suspends search for 2 in James River, VA
Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter file photo PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard has suspended their search for two boaters, who went missing on the James River. The two people went missing after a collision took place between a recreational boat, with six people aboard, and an oyster barge being pushed by a tug, which was headed for an oyster bed near the James River Bridge, Saturday. “We would...

Coast Guard medevacs man in Chesapeake Bay, VA

Coast Guard medevacs man in Chesapeake Bay, VA
Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a recreational boat in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, Friday. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads command center received notification at 2:20 p.m. from the man’s wife that her 53-year-old husband became ill and fatigued and needed to be medevaced. An MH-60...

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads holds change-of-command ceremony

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads holds change-of-command ceremony
Coast Guard Capt. Rick Wester and Capt. Kevin Carroll salute one another during a change-of-command ceremony on Base Portsmouth, June 12, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton) PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard Capt. Kevin Carroll relieved Capt. Rick Wester as commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads during a change-of-command ceremony Tuesday on Base Portsmouth. Rear Adm. Meredith...