Coast Guard Rescues Four People Off Sinking Boat

Coast Guard springs into action and rescues a man and his family from a sinking boat.

It happened Sunday 8 miles of the coast of Bogue Inlet. The father notified Seatow in Beaufort using his VHF radio and told them the boat he and his family were on was sinking.

When rescuers arrived three were clinging to the capsized boat while another was in the water.

All were rescued and were wearing life jackets.

Below is the news release from the Coast Guard:

BEAUFORT, N.C. - A Coast Guard rescue boat crew saved a family of four aboard a sinking boat 8 miles off Bogue Inlet Sunday.

The father called Seatow in Beaufort on his VHF radio and told them his boat was taking on water with his family of four aboard, including his 9 year old, near the Beaufort "sea" buoy.

Later a mayday was heard twice and communications were lost, but Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders heard the call. Two towers picked up the transmission which gave the watchstanders two lines of bearing that crossed near the "C" buoy 8.5 nautical miles from Bogue Inlet. Station Emerald Isle launched a 27-foot rescue boat, while the watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, in case someone nearby might be able to help.

The rescuers arrived on scene and found the family, three were clinging to the their capsized boat and one was floating in the water, all wearing their life jackets. They retrieved everyone from the water.

Towboat US from Swansboro, N.C., arrived to salvage the overturned vessel.

"Rescue 21 clarified any confusing of the location of the family clinging onto the capsized vessel due to lack of broadcast position and it was good to see they all had their life jackets on," said Chief Petty Officer Marten Stel, the Command Duty Officer at Sector North Carolina.

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  • by C on Jun 24, 2009 at 02:08 AM
    Once again, typical Coast Guard excellence. They may be the most unappreciated branch of the military we have, but they've saved countless lives over the years. Hats off to the coasties !
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 22, 2009 at 08:25 AM
    Good story. Nice to read good stories once in a while. Great job!
  • by Ozone Location: Belhaven on Jun 22, 2009 at 05:20 AM
    Good job to all that helped in this lifesaving mission!!!

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