Coast Guard helps eight on sinking boat, medevacs woman from another boat

Coast Guard helps eight on sinking boat, medevacs woman from another boat

Coast Guard helps eight on sinking boat, medevacs woman from another boat

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by Brian Farrell, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 30 at 9:40 PM

PORTSMOUTH -- United States Coast Guard members responded to calls for help off the coasts of Virginia and North Carolina Saturday.

The operator of the Sitting Pretty contacted the Coast Guard at about 10:00 a.m. and said the 46-foot sport fishing boat was taking on water about 45 miles east of Cape Henry. Six adults and two children were on board.

Coast Guard Station Little Creek in Virginia Beach launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RBM) crew to assist.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew that already were airborne and returning from an unrelated medevac at the time also responded.
 
The helicopter crew lowered a dewatering pump to the Sitting Pretty.
 
The Hercules aircraft crew monitored the dewatering as the Sitting Pretty's crew also tried to stop the source of the leak.
 
When the RBM crew got there, the Sitting Pretty was dewatered and the leak stopped. The RBM crew escorted the fishing boat to Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach.
 
Earlier in the day, the Coast Guard medevaced a 72-year-old woman from a research boat that was approximately 300 miles southeast of Norfolk.
 
Late Friday afternoon, someone contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders that she fell and broke her collar bone aboard the research boat Marcus G. Langseth.
 
The Coast Guard told  the crew of Marcus G. Langseth to start making its way toward Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
 
Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to medevac the woman and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew for support at about 6:00 a.m. Saturday.
 
The helicopter crew arrived at the location of the research boat, hoisted the injured woman, and flew her to Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City.
 
She was reported to be in stable condition.
 

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