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5 killed in 1887 Va shipwreck rescue to be honored

Monday - 1/6/2014, 1:06pm  ET

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- A memorial service will be held in Virginia Beach this week for five men who died in 1887 trying to rescue the crew of a ship that ran aground.

The men worked for the U.S. Life-Saving Service, a forerunner of the U.S. Coast Guard.

A history posted on the Coast Guard's website says Life- Saving Service members were transferring the crew of the German ship Elisabeth from a life boat to a surfboat when a wave overturned both boats.

Rescuers James E. Belanga, his brother Abel Belanga, Joseph Spratley, John H. Land and George W. Stone were killed, along with the 22 crew members.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1cvHNjH ) reports that the memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Tabernacle United Methodist Church.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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