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Five Cling To Capsized Boat For 22 Hours

Five men who who spent nearly a day clinging to the hull of their overturned boat were rescued Friday morning near Cape Lookout by a good Samaritan.

The U.S. Guard says the boat left New River Inlet Thursday morning and it capsized as they were retrieving the anchor. They reportedly were anchored approximately 14 miles off New River Inlet when the seas began to worsen. While attempting to retrieve their anchor, the Coast Guard says the boat was capsized by a large wave, throwing all five people into the water. Only one person was wearing a life-jacket.

The five were rescued Friday morning by Mark Forester aboard his boat, Blucifer. They five men have been identified as Chul Lee, Byung Park, Ung Chong, Ku Changu, and Ung Sik James, all from Fayetteville.

The Coast Guard says the boat drifted some 31 miles before they men were rescued. "The decision to stay with the boat helped save their lives," said Captain Anthony Popiel, commander of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. "It was exactly the right thing to do."

The Coast Guard says staying with the boat and the water temperatures at approximately 76 degrees contributed to their survival.

Coast Guard crew members drove the men back to their vehicle in Sneads Ferry, while Sea Tow is currently salvaging the overturned boat.


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