Two men are okay after spending hours in the Pamlico Sound, clinging to their overturned shrimp boat.
The Coast Guard says they received an emergency beacon alert Sunday night from the 34-foot Claudia Jean.
A rescue helicopter from Elizabeth City began a search, at one point locating coolers from the boat floating in the water.
The search continued and the helicopter crew found the two clinging to the hull near Great Island. They were flown to Elizabeth City in good condition.