Wednesday, January 14, 2009

2 die, 4 Rescued as Small Boat Capsizes

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Two people died and four were rescued after their 18-foot boat capsized Wednesday in cold and choppy waters on the Chesapeake Bay, U.S. Coast Guard officials say.

A Coast Guard helicopter and boat, along with local rescuers, responded to a distress call near the Lesner Bridge in Virginia Beach shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, said Brian Neilan, a Coast guard spokesman.

Neilan said the four survivors showed signs of minor hypothermia after being pulled from the water. They were taken to local hospitals

Authorities continued to investigate the incident.

The National Weather Service reported the water temperature was 46 degrees at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. It also issued a small-craft advisory, with waves up to five feet high and strong winds.

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