Three hunters rescued from Back Bay

Back Bay National Wildlife Reserve. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)
Back Bay National Wildlife Reserve. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A Coast Guard helicopter was needed to find three duck hunters after their boat overturned before sunrise Monday in the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

The trio was stranded in the dark between 6 and 7 a.m. in rough but shallow waters near the North Carolina border. Rescue boats from the Virginia Beach Fire Department and the EMS Volunteer Marine Rescue Team were unable to find them in the broad search area and conditions that included winds of up to 25 mph.

The men were able to stand in the water and talk with crews on the phone until the helicopter spotted them in the dark just before 7 a.m.,  according to a City of Virginia Beach press release.

The hunters, who were not named, were boated ashore, where they were evaluated by medics. They declined hospital visits.

“All were cold and wet, but uninjured,” the release said.

Two were from Isle of Wight County and one was from Suffolk.

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