Coast Guard assists boater off Oregon Inlet, NC

Crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet assist an 18-foot pleasure craft near Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, July 28, 2017. The crew towed the vessel to Oregon Inlet Fishing Center after it became disabled near the Bonner Bridge. (Coast Guard photo by Fireman Ryan Sexton)

Crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet assist an 18-foot pleasure craft near Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, July 28, 2017. (Coast Guard photo by Fireman Ryan Sexton)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet personnel assisted a disabled vessel today near Oregon Inlet.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a report of a disabled 18-foot pleasure craft with two people aboard at approximately 12:35 p.m. The vessel had run out of fuel and was drifting toward the Bonner Bridge.

A 24-foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water (SPC-SW) crew launched from Station Oregon Inlet and arrived on scene at approximately 12:50 p.m. The boat crew spoke to the men aboard the vessel and learned that the fuel gauge was not working properly, giving a false reading.

The RBS crew towed the vessel to the docks at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, where the owner trailered the vessel.

No injuries or pollution were reported.

“Being prepared and inspecting your equipment is vital,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Alan Hancock, the coxswain of the SPC-SW. “When checking your vessel prior to leaving the dock, every little bit helps.”

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