Coast Guard rescues 3 stranded jet skiers near Hampton

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 1 at 10:51 AM

PORTSMOUTH -- Three people were rescued Sunday after their jet ski overturned and floated away a mile east of Fort Monroe on Thimble Shoal, Coast Guard officials said. 

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a report Sunday that two men last seen on a jet ski were overdue at Paradise Ocean Club in Hampton.

The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a response boat crew from Station Portsmouth and Station Little Creek. Hampton Fire Department launched a response boat crew as well.

A crew from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth located the missing men who had swamped their jet ski before swimming to and climbing on the Thimble Shoal range towers.

The jet skiers also picked up an additional male passenger before the incident.

No injuries were reported.

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