Four Rescued After Their Boat Capsized

A Coast Guard crew rescued four boaters when their boat capsized 20 miles east of Cape Hatteras Sunday afternoon.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a call from the crew of the vessel at 2:50 p.m. stating they were taking on water.

The Elm was diverted from normal operations and arrived on scene at 3:12 p.m. A Coast Guard rescue boat crew was also launched from Station Cape Hatteras.

"This case represents the effective use of safety equipment, including life jackets and a handheld VHF radio, that saved 4 lives today," said Craig Sanders, a civilian working out of USCG Sector North Carolina.

"The Coast Guard's Rescue 21 system was able to confirm the location of the distressed mariners by triangulating their VHF mayday call, allowing the Elm to arrive on scene before hypothermia could set in."


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  • by Mellissa Location: Virginia on Mar 1, 2011 at 10:32 AM
    Awesome job, Coast Guard! Two of them work with me.
  • by RdoubleD on Feb 28, 2011 at 04:39 PM
    WWW.WITN.COM/WEATHER.... going to be windy today boys. Thanks, John Q. Taxpayer p.s., We'll send you the bill.
  • by RAND WARD Location: ROCKY MOUNT on Feb 28, 2011 at 01:41 PM
    GREAT JOB.THANKS COAST GUARD.
  • by Lauren Location: Greenville on Feb 28, 2011 at 05:02 AM
    Thank you coast guard! These were my brothers, they are home safe and everyone is well.
  • by I Fought the Law on Feb 28, 2011 at 04:24 AM
    Good job CG....Semper Paratus!
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