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Man rescued after sailboat goes up in flames on Chesapeake Bay

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Posted at 8:01 PM, Oct 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-20 20:01:30-04

Chesapeake, Va. – John Lee Brown, Jr. had to be rescued by the Coast Guard and a good Samaritan today after his sailboat caught fire in the Chesapeake Bay.

Officials say this happened five miles west of Windmill Point.

Coast Guard crews received news of the incident at 10:40 a.m.

A good Samaritan called Coast Guard watchstanders and told them they saw the burning sailboat.

Crews dispatched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Elizabeth City and they also sent out a 45-foot response boat crew from the Coast Guard Station Milford Haven.

They arrived at 11 a.m. and Brown was taken from the good Samaritan’s boat and was taken back to Station Milford Haven.

Right now watchstanders are working with Brown and a salvage company to remove the charred boat.