Coast Guard rescues two, tows sailboat to safety in Portsmouth

Posted at 9:42 AM, Aug 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-26 09:42:48-04

Portsmouth, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued two people Tuesday from a sailboat taking on water in Portsmouth Tuesday morning.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Portsmouth received notification at 11:38 a.m. of a 36-foot sailboat with a man and a woman aboard taking on water outside of Norfolk Naval Base.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Heron was in the area performing exercises and diverted to assist the sailboat. A Station 25-foot boat crew launched from Portsmouth to assist at 11:42 a.m. and arrived on scene at 11:50 a.m.

The cutter Heron crew transferred rescue efforts to the Station Portsmouth boat crew, who dewatered the sailboat while bringing it into a side tow.

The Station Portsmouth boat crew towed the vessel safely into Blue Water Marina in Portsmouth.

Personnel from Blue Water Marina services safely brought the vessel out of the water. There were no reported injuries.