Two people without life jackets were rescued today by the U.S. Coast Guard after their 19-foot boat capsized this afternoon.
The Coast Guard out of Emerald Isle was heading to a training mission when they came across a 30-year-old woman hanging onto a buoy in the Bogue Inlet. They were in their new 45-foot rescue boat at the time.
The woman's 60-year-old father, who is a diabetic, was found about 40 yards way, hanging onto the overturned boat, suffering from multiple cuts. Both have been taken to Carteret General Hospital.
The two told the Coast Guard that their boat was hit by a wave that caused it to capsize.
The Coast Guard says at the time there were 3 to 5 foot seas, with two foot breakers.
The new Coast Guard boat, known as 'response boat medium' is a 45-foot utility boat to replace the 41-foot boat. It will allow the station to have a quicker response time and go into rougher seas to make rescues.