Coast Guard assists yacht taking on water near Elizabeth City, NC

Crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City assist a 43-foot motor boat taking on water in the Pasquotank River near Elizabeth City, July 30, 2017. The Coast Guard crew sent two crewmembers aboard with a pump to keep up with the flow of water and remained on scene until a commercial towing vessel arrived. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Frederick Lamm)

A 43-foot motor boat taking on water in the Pasquotank River near Elizabeth City, July 30, 2017.  (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Frederick Lamm)

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — The Coast Guard helped dewater a yacht that had run aground and was taking on water in the Pasquotank River near Elizabeth City, Sunday.

A crew member aboard the 43-foot motor boat Eager Miss contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at approximately 4 p.m. to report the vessel carrying six adults and one child had run aground and was taking on water.

Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City diverted a 29-foot Response Boat–Small (RB-S) crew that was already underway to assist.

Once on scene, the RB-S crew sent two crewmembers aboard with a pump to keep up with the flow of water.

The Coast Guard crew remained on scene until a commercial towing vessel arrived. The yacht, with passengers aboard, was then towed to The Pelican Marina in Elizabeth City.

“This case was a prime example how being prepared is so important,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Frederick Lamm, a crew member from Station Elizabeth City who responded to the case. “Knowing the draft of your vessel and having accurate waterway charts can help prevent getting into a dangerous situation.”

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