Coast Guard rescues 2 off island near Wrightsville Beach, NC

A 29-foot Response Boat Small-II

USCG File Photo

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach rescued two people Sunday night after their boat reportedly struck the jetties near Masonboro Inlet.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a report from New Hanover County Emergency Dispatch personnel that two people swam to Masonboro Island after their 27-foot boat struck the jetties and started taking on water. It was reported one of the individuals had suffered facial injuries and both people were stranded.

Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach launched a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew who arrived on scene and transported the two persons to EMS personnel waiting at Station Wrightsville Beach.

TowBoatUS is on scene with the vessel conducting salvage.

“The Coast Guard always recommends mariners have reliable communication with them while underway,” said Chief Petty Officer Seth W. Haynes, command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. “A cell phone or VHF radio will allow them to contact help should an emergency occur.”

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