Coast Guard Rescues Seven From Boat Taking On Water

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Oak Island, N.C., assisted seven people aboard a 28-foot pleasure craft that was taking on water 10 miles south of the mouth of the Cape Fear River this afternoon.

Station Oak Island received a call at 2:16 p.m. from the crew of the Cain Sable stating that they were taking on water and needed assistance. The station dispatched a 25-foot response boat and a 41-foot utility boat to the scene.

When they arrived on scene, the Coast Guard crews removed the four children and three adults from the boat, patched a hole in the bow, assisted dewatering the vessel, and towed it back to the station.

All seven individuals were wearing life jackets.

“It’s good that they were wearing their life jackets. It’s always important. That way, they are prepared for anything that might happen,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Custis, the coxswain in charge of the operation.

The Coast Guard encourages all boaters to wear life jackets when on the water.

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