NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The Coast Guard responded Tuesday morning to a grounded tug and barge near Ocean View.
According to Brandyn Hill with the Coast Guard, a construction tug and barge got stuck aground with two people abroad at approximately 9 a.m.
The barge was carrying dredge equipment. Crew members were assisted by the Virginia beach and Norfolk fire departments.
"The Coast Guard, while assessing the situation on scene, is working with the vessel's owner to ensure that an acceptable salvage plan is submitted and approved that will lead to the safe removal of the grounded tug and barge from the beach," said Capt. John Little, commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. "Special thanks to the Virginia Beach and Norfolk Fire Rescue units for providing swift action to assist the two crew members aboard the barge who were showing signs of hypothermia due to exposure to the 54 degree water and 49 degree air temperature while trying to remove equipment from the barge in the surf line. Weather conditions observed today contribute to the onset of hypothermic conditions and serve as a reminder to dress appropriately when working on or around the water."