VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The US. Coast Guard has rescued six people after a boat overturned off the coast of Virginia.
The Coast Guard said in a news release late Sunday that the vessel overturned in the Atlantic Ocean about 16 miles from Virginia Beach.
Watchstanders had received an alert from a personal locator beacon. But the boat’s owner could not be reached.
People who knew the owner told the coast guard that the owner went fishing with a group of people. They provided a description of the boat.
The Fifth District Command Center dispatched a helicopter aircrew that had been training nearby. A boat crew was also launched in the rescue.
The helicopter crew found four people on the hull of an overturned 24-foot fishing boat. Two people were on the Chesapeake Light Tower, which is nearby.
All six individuals were hoisted into the helicopter. No injuries were reported.
James Cifers, civilian watchstander at the Fifth District Command Center, praised the owner’s use of a personal locator beacon.
“This case could have turned out quite different if the owner had not bought and registered his device,” he said.
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