PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard assisted two people after their 42-foot sailing vessel became disabled and adrift in the Chesapeake Bay shipping channel, early Sunday morning.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads initially received the report from Tow Boat U.S., and launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles to assist.

Once on-scene, the crew put the vessel in a stern tow, and towed them into Cape Charles Harbor.

“The Chesapeake Bay shipping channel is part of our country’s Marine Transportation System, which is responsible for bringing in $4.6 trillion of economic activity each year,” said Chief Petty Officer Joshua French, the command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. “In addition to ensuring the safety of mariners in distress, we are responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the MTS.”