Coast Guard rescues 2 from capsized fishing boat in Pamlico Sound

PAMLICO SOUND, N.C. – The Coast Guard rescued two men Monday near Great Island in Pamlico Sound after the 34-foot fishing vessel they were aboard capsized.

The Coast Guard received a 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon alert from the fishing vessel Claudia Jean Sunday evening. Watchstanders contacted the vessel owner’s family verified that the fishing vessel Claudia Jean was underway shrimp fishing in Pamlico Sound. Attempts to contact the vessel through a sister ship were unsuccessful.

A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., began a search and located two men clinging to the cabin of their capsized boat. Both were hoisted and taken to Air Station Elizabeth City in good condition.

After receiving the alert, Coast Guard boat crews from Stations Hobucken and Ocracoke were launched to begin a search along with the helicopter crew. During the search the helicopter crew located coolers floating in the water that were identified as coming from the Claudia Jean. The helicopter crew continued their search and located both men clinging to the hull of the boat.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to equip their vessels with a 406 MHz EPIRB whenever they are on the water. The EPIRB provides information such as location, owner of the vessel and contact information which can assist rescuers if the vessel is in distress.

Editors note:  When originally published this story reported that the men were “clinging to the hull of their overturned boat” in the third paragraph.

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