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9/13/2017 - Coast Guard Rescues Five From Sinking Fishing Boat Off Cape Charles - Click here to print this information

Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City helicopter crews rescued five people after their fishing vessel sank 60 miles east of Cape Charles, Virginia, yesterday.

Watchstanders in the 5th District Command Center received an emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) alert from the fishing vessel Langley Douglas.

5th District Watchstanders diverted a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew already in the area to respond.

Upon arriving on scene, the helicopter crew discovered the fishing vessel had sunk and the five crew members were in the water. Two were on an inflated life raft and three were holding onto a piece floating wreckage.

The helicopter crew hoisted all five individuals, transporting them to Base Elizabeth City where they were seen by base medical personnel.

"The success of this rescue is directly attributed to the crew's 406MHz EPIRB, a serviceable and inspected life raft and quick use of survival suits," said OS1 Joe Watford, SAR controller for the case.

No injuries or pollution were reported.

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