USCG rescues mother and daughter from rip current

WILMINGTON, NC (WITN) - The U.S. Coast Guard helped rescue a mother and daughter swept out to sea by a rip current near Baldhead Beach and Oak Island Saturday.

In a press release, the USCG says a crew was called to the Cape Fear River Inlet near Buoy 11 around 5:30pm.

A woman and her 10-year-old daughter had been swept out to sea by a rip current.

When the Coast Guard crew arrived on scene, the pair had already been pulled from the water by a member of the Baldhead Island Ocean Rescue Team who launched from the beach on a jet ski.

The girl was given a life jacket and pulled on board the jet ski with her mother, but as the three turned to head back to shore, 6-foot swells caused the watercraft to capsize.

The USCG crew immediately rescued the mother and daughter from the water and helped the rescuer back onto the jet ski.

All arrived back to shore safely.