Coast Guard helps 2 people after boat takes on water in Elizabeth River

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WVEC) -- Two people are safe thanks to the Coast Guard after their boat started taking on water in the Elizabeth River. 

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth were alerted to the situation just after 1 a.m. on October 12. 

The 30-foot vessel with two people aboard was taking on water near the east side of the West Norfolk Bridge. 

The vessel's bilge pumps were working but the engines did not start up. 

Coast Guard crews towed the vessel to City Park Boat Ramp in Portsmouth, where the vessel was safely tailer. 

“This case demonstrates how having a working radio or charged cellphone is vital for contacting the Coast Guard when an emergency happens,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Marks, Station Portsmouth coxswain for the case. 

No injuries or pollution were reported. 

 

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