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5th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: July 11, 2012

Contact: 5th District Public Affairs

Office: (757) 398-6272

Coast Guard rescues 2 from capsized sailboat near Yorktown, Va.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued two people clinging to the hull of a capsized 14-foot sailboat in the York River near Yorktown Wednesday.

Lt. Anthony Baird, an off-duty Coast Guard member from Coast Guard Sector San Diego in San Diego, Calif., attending a search and rescue school in Yorktown, contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders at approximately 7:30 p.m. reporting that he saw a capsized sailboat while riding his bicycle along the York River.

Watchstanders diverted a crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat - Small from Coast Guard Station Milford Haven in Hudgins to the scene as Baird assisted the RB-S crew in locating the sailboat.

The RB-S crew removed the two people clinging to the hull of their sailboat from the water and transferred them to Wormley Creek Marina in Yorktown in good condition.

"As a Coast Guard member seeing someone in distress, Baird took appropriate actions to get the people in the water the assistance they needed," said Jeff Fox, a search and rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads here. "In this situation, both people were wearing life jackets, which always improves the chances of survival."

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