Coast Guard assists sailboat taking on water off Hatteras Island, NC

A Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Hatteras Inlet approaches a sailboat taking on water 13 miles east of Hatteras Island, North Carolina, Nov. 26, 2017. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station Hatteras Inlet also arrived on scene to assist. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Chuck Seckinger/Released)

A Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Hatteras Inlet approaches a sailboat taking on water 13 miles east of Hatteras Island, North Carolina, Nov. 26, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Chuck Seckinger)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard assisted a man aboard a boat taking on water off Hatteras Island Sunday.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received notification at 1:35 p.m. that a 46-foot sailboat, with one man aboard, was taking on water about 13 miles east of Hatteras Inlet.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and 29-foot Response Boat-Small and 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crews from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet were launched to assist.

Once on scene, the MLB crew transferred two personnel and a dewatering pump to the sailboat. One of the Station Hatteras Inlet personnel provided first aid to the man, who had suffered lacerations to his arm while trying to repair his vessel.

The dewatering pump helped keep up with the flooding while the MLB crew towed the boat to Oden’s Dock on Hatteras Island.

“It’s important for all mariners to be prepared in case of emergencies,” said Chris Humphrey, operations unit controller for the case. “Should an accident like this occur, having a float plan and reliable means of communication will allow you to notify local authorities that you need assistance.”

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