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Coast Guard helps stranded kayakers in Chesapeake Bay

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Posted at 9:44 AM, Jul 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-31 09:44:26-04

PORSTMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard helped two kayakers who were stranded in the Chesapeake Bay off Oyster Point.

The call came in around 7:55 p.m. on Saturday.

Watchstanders received a call forwarded by the Eastern Shore 911 dispatch that two men swamped their kayaks and could not continue paddling.

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads sent a 29-foot Response Boat Small (RB-S) from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles at 8:40 p.m.

The crew arrived at 11:15 p.m. and located the kayakers. The kayakers waded through the shallow water and climbed aboard the response boat.

The RB-S crew took the men and their kayaks back to Oyster Point shortly after 1 a.m.

There were no injuries.

“It’s good for people to know the area and know their surroundings before going out,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Luis Arroyo, the coxswain of the RB-S crew. “Always have a back-up plan to get home.”