PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard assisted two people after their vessel lost power in inclement weather Tuesday.
The Coast Guard received a call at about 8 p.m. reporting the 42-foot sport fishing boat Red Baron had lost power about 3 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 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 around. We were glad to answer the call.”
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.