Coast Guard assists 5 from boat taking on water near Bogue Inlet, NC

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard assisted five people aboard a 22-foot disabled boat that was taking on water Tuesday at the entrance to Bogue Inlet near Swansboro, N.C.

The owner of the 22-foot boat called Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders via cellular phone at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday, reporting his boat was taking on water.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched crews aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water and a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium, both from Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle, N.C.

The Coast Guard crews arrived on scene in approximately 15 minutes.

“We’re very fortunate that the vessel taking on water had enough life jackets aboard for everyone and they put them on,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Colin Smith, the executive petty officer of Station Emerald Isle. “The RB-M could not get close enough due to shallow water; therefore, we used our shallow water craft to get a line onto the disabled boat and pull them to safer water.”

Once the boat was in safe water, the SPC-SW crew placed the boat in a side tow, transferred the people from the disabled boat and began dewatering efforts.

“Using our P-6 dewatering pump, we removed approximately 150 gallons of water that had come in from over the side,” said Smith.

The Coast Guard crew towed the boat to the Cedar Point Wildlife Ramp in Cedar Point, N.C.

There were no reports of injuries.

“Everyone should be aware that Bogue Inlet is especially dangerous due to the shifting shoals and breaking surf conditions particularly on an outgoing tide,” said Smith. “If you’re transiting Bogue Inlet, make sure to have proper gear, including life jackets, a marine radio and polarized glasses, which can assist mariners in judging the water depth.”

Click the picture for more photos from the rescue.

A Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle crew aboard their 24-foot Special Purpose Craft - shallow water assists five boaters whose craft was taking on water near Bogue Inlet, N.C., July 23, 2013.The Coast Guard crew pumped approximately 150 gallons of water out of the boat before being able to tow the boat to safety. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Culver.

A Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle crew aboard their 24-foot Special Purpose Craft – shallow water assists five boaters whose craft was taking on water near Bogue Inlet, N.C., July 23, 2013.The Coast Guard crew pumped approximately 150 gallons of water out of the boat before being able to tow the boat to safety. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Culver.

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