4 Rescued By Coast Guard After Boat Runs Aground Near Tangier Island

Feb 16, 2013 -- 4:36pm

Four people were rescued by the Coast Guard early Saturday morning after their boat ran aground near Tangier Island, Virginia.

Coast Guard Station Crisfield received a distress call around 6 o'clock Friday night from the owner of a boat who said he'd run aground, and that his son was on board with him. Coast Guardsmen and officers from the Virginia Marine Police out of Newport News reached the area around 6:30 p.m., but had trouble reaching the boat because of low water depths. The marine police boat also ran aground after taking on two of the passengers. Just after midnight, a Coast Guard Helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina arrived, and airlifted 34-year-old Barry Walker, his 14-year-old son, and the two marine police officers to safety.

No one was injured, and the boats were retrieved during the following high tide. The Coast Guard says when planning a trip, boaters should take the draft of their vessel, the depths of the water, and preferred navigation channels into account when plotting their course.

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