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News Release

June 09, 2012

Contact: Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads


Office: (757) 434-1858

CORRECTION: Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue 10 people near Cape Charles, Va.

It was previously reported that the boaters were wearing life jackets. They were not.

CAPE CHARLES HARBOR, Va. - A crew aboard a fishing vessel tow a capsized 24-foot boat to Cape Charles Harbor after it sunk with 10 people aboard, June 9, 2012. A Coast Guard boatcrew and good Samaritans rescued all 10 people from the water and took them to Coast Guard Station Cape Charles in Cape Charles. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Wade Giarratano.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and good Samaritans each rescued five people after a 24-foot boat capsized near Cape Charles, Saturday.

A good Samaritan contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders at approximately 7:15 p.m. and reported a capsized 24-foot boat with 10 people in the water.

A crew aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles launched to assist the good Samaritans.

When the UTB crew arrived on scene, they transferred five people from the water onto their boat. The good Samaritans also removed five people from the water onto their boat. The 10 people that were rescued were all taken to Station Cape Charles.

A fishing vessel towed the capsized boat to Cape Charles Harbor.

There are no reports of injuries or pollution.

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