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Atlantic Area
U.S. Coast Guard

Press Release

Date: December 25, 2005

Coast Guard Assists Wachapreague Man

WACHAPREAGUE, Va. – Coast Guard Station Wachapreague locates and assists disabled boater off Metompkin Inlet, VA.

At 6:45 last night, the Coast Guard received notification of an overdue boat with Kevin Lewis, a 40 year old retired Coast Guard person, on board that launched out of Folly Creek.

Station Wachapreague launched a 21-foot rescue boat and Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City lunched a HH-60J.  At 8:15 p.m. Station Wachapreague located Mr. Lewis off Metompkin Inlet.  Mr. Lewis was in good condition and taken in tow back to Wachapreague.

The crew of Station Wachapreague credits Mr. Lewis for being well prepared by filing at float plan with his family, having a lifejacket, and having flares.

“This case couldn’t have been any better", said Petty Officer Marshall Reedy of Station Wachapreague.

The Coast Guard strongly encourages boaters to file a float plan with their local marina ,wear life jackets when on the water, to have a radio on their boat to contact help in an emergency and to carry flares onboard their vessels for signaling rescuers.



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