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13 rescued from sinking fishing vessel off Virginia, Coast Guard says

The fishing vessel and a container ship were involved in an incident and the fishing vessel was taking on water, Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Lally, a Coast Guard spokesperson, said.
/ Source: Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Thirteen people were rescued from a sinking fishing vessel early Friday more than 60 miles off the coast of Virginia, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard responded to a spot 63 miles southeast of Chicoteague after receiving a call for help around 2 a.m., relayed by another vessel, Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Lally, a Coast Guard spokesperson, said.

The fishing vessel and a container ship were involved in an incident and the fishing vessel was taking on water, Lally said. Officials are looking into the possibility that two vessels collided, he said.

Another vessel rescued 12 people and a 13th person, the captain of the sinking vessel, was hoisted by Coast Guard helicopter, he said.