Coast Guard assists 2 from capsized boat near Emerald Isle, NC

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard assisted two people in the water Wednesday after their 16-foot catamaran capsized approximately a mile south of Emerald Isle, N.C.

Carteret County 911 dispatchers contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at approximately 1 p.m. reporting two people in the water.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders dispatched crews aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water and a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle to assist.

The crews arrived on scene at approximately 1:15 p.m. and assisted the two people in righting the boat.

“If these guys weren’t wearing their life jackets, it could have been a much worse situation due to the high winds and sea state,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Trey Thompson, boarding officer aboard the SPC-SW. “It proabably saved their lives. We brought the girl on our boat, and put a towline on the port side of the catamaran to flip the boat right side up.”

Once the boat was upright and the two people were aboard, the Coast Guard crews escorted the boat back to its mooring.

There are no reports of injuries.

Coast Guardsmen aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft - Shallow Water from Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle, N.C., assist two boaters after a 16-foot catamaran capsized near Emerald Isle, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. The Coast Guard arrived on scene, helped right the boat and escorted the catamaran back to its mooring.

Petty Officer 1st Class Colin Smith, a coxswain at Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle pulls up alongside a 16-foot catamaran capsized near Emerald Isle, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. The Coast Guard arrived on scene, helped right the boat and escorted the catamaran back to its mooring. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Trey Thompson

Additional photo can be viewed at the Coast Guard News Flickr page.

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