Coast Guard rescues 3 from sinking vessel east of Cape Hatteras, NC

Coast Guard Cutter Dependable approaches the vessel Teal, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, to provide aid seven miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C. Crews from the cutter and Station Oregon Inlet rescued 3 persons from the sinking vessel. (U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet)

Coast Guard Cutter Dependable approaches the vessel Teal, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, to provide aid seven miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C. (U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard rescued three people Monday from a sinking vessel east of Cape Hatteras.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a report at 7 a.m. that the 60-foot motor vessel Teal was taking on water with three people aboard three miles east of Cape Hatteras.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat (MLB) crew launched from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet and arrived with Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket on scene at 7:50 a.m. Crews from the MLB and Nantucket deployed two dewatering pumps and assisted in dewatering the Teal.

It was determined the dewatering pumps were not keeping up with the rate of flooding. The pumps were removed from the Teal, and the three boaters were brought aboard the Nantucket.

The Nantucket crew and the survivors are currently en route to Morehead City.

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