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Coast Guard rescues Virginia Beach sailor near Tangier Island

U.S. Coast Guard Station Milford Haven crewmembers transit south through the Chesapeake Bay to Portsmouth, Va., aboard their 41-foot Utility Boat on April 22, 2014.

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By KATHERINE HAFNER | The Virginian-Pilot (Tribune News Service) | Published: May 30, 2017

TANGIER ISLAND, Va. — A Virginia Beach man was rescued by the Coast Guard Tuesday morning after his sailboat started sinking in stormy weather off Tangier Island.

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Milford Haven saved him about 10 miles southwest of the island in the early morning, according to a Coast Guard news release.

The man's sailboat, named Sweet Revenge, had struck a submerged object and started taking on water.

The Coast Guard received a report about the stranded sailboat and responded with a 45-foot boat and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

The boat crew told officials the sailor was disoriented and fatigued when rescued but declined medical treatment.

Instead, he returned to his Virginia Beach home and has arranged for commercial salvage of Sweet Revenge later today.

Weather at the scene this morning was at 20-knot winds and 2-foot seas, according to the statement.

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