VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Two men were rescued off the coast of Virginia Beach Thursday afternoon when their 16-foot boat capsized.
Coast Guard Station Little Creek watchstanders were alerted of the distressed boaters around 3 p.m. by Navy personnel, who spotted the men in the water of the Little Creek Basin near Virginia Beach.
Hampton Roads watchstanders were notified by Station Little Creek and responded to the scene where they rescued the men and took them to the station.
"The people were in the water trying to right their boat when we arrived on scene," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Storino, a coxswain from Station Little Creek, in a Coast Guard press release. "The wind was carrying the boat further into the basin and headed toward the rocks. Due to the dangerous conditions, we decided to pick them up and take them to shore."
No one was injured, and Station Little Creek personnel went back to the scene to retrieve the capsized boat.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.