Coast Guard responds to fishing vessel in distress off North Carolina

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard responded to a fishing vessel in distress off the coast of North Carolina today and is towing the the vessel back into port.

The master of the 63-foot fishing vessel Southern Lady notified the Coast Guard at approximately 3:07 a.m. this morning, and reported that the vessel was taking on water East of Wysocking Bay in the Pamlico Sound. There were four people on board.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet, N.C., arrived on scene at 4:17 a.m. The rescue crew successfully removed excess water by using dewatering pumps. After the excess water was removed, the boat crew placed the vessel in tow, and is transiting the vessel ashore to Gillikan Marine, located on Radio Island, N.C.

“Good communications save lives,” said Chief Petty Officer Arnold Head, command duty officer at Station Hatteras Inlet. “Mariners should always be prepared for an emergency when going out on the water, and should contact the Coast Guard at the earliest sign of trouble.”

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