Coast Guard rescues 4 from capsized catamaran

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard rescued four people from a capsized catamaran near Oak Island, N.C., Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina were contacted by a Good Samaritan at approximately at 4:50 p.m. reporting that a small catamaran with four people onboard, two adults and two children, had capsized near the Ocean Crest Pier in Oak Island.

A Coast Guard 25-foot rescue boat crew from Station Oak Island was dispatched to the scene.

Upon arriving, the Coast Guard crew transferred the four people from the capsized catamaran and then took the vessel in tow.

After transiting to shore the passengers and their vessel were turned over to over to a local rescue crew.

The four were all wearing lifejackets.

The Coast Guard encourages boters to always wear lifejackets when on the water, check their local weather and to file a detailed float plan with their friends, family or local marina before begining a voyage. A detailed float plan should include the number of people onboard, planned destination and estimated time of return.

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