Coast Guard rescues two near Wachapreague

ACCOMACK Co., Va. (Delmarva Now)  -- The Coast Guard rescued two people whose boat lost power in inclement weather Tuesday off Wachapreague.

The Coast Guard received a call around 8 p.m. Tuesday, reporting the Red Baron, a 42-foot sport fishing boat, had lost power about three miles east of Quinby inlet, with two people aboard.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew launched from Station Wachapreague to assist. The crew arrived on the scene, took aboard the two people, and towed their boat to Wachapreague Marina in Wachapreague. 

"Losing power at night in bad weather is dangerous," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Defrancisco, Coast Guard coxswain for the case. "In these waters it can be especially treacherous due to the shallow water and an elevated risk of running aground. We were glad to answer the call," he added.

Conditions at the time of the initial response were seas at 4-6 feet, winds at about 10 knots and visibility at 3-5 miles.

Delmarva Now


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