Disabled boat rescued, returned home after 19 hours

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- The Coast Guard rescued a disabled boat 70 miles off Virginia's coast on Tuesday.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth received a call at approximately 6:45 a.m. that a 60-foot recreational fishing boat was disabled.

According to authorities five adults and one dog were aboard the boat when it went adrift about 70 miles east of Cape Henry. 

The crew of Coast Guard Lawrence Lawson responded and arrived on scene at 11:30 a.m..

An engineer was able to board the boat and restart the boat's engine.

However, while heading back to Ocean City, Maryland the vessel lost propulsion two more times. 

The Lawrence Lawson started towing the boat at 2:30 p.m. and headed toward Ocean City. At 11:15 the Coast Guard transferred tow boats.

The boat crew arrived at Ocean City Commercial Fishing Harbor Wednesday at 1:40 a.m..

 

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