Man Rescued After Boat Capsizes in Pamlico Sound

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard rescued a commercial fisherman after his boat capsized in the Pamlico Sound near Clam Shoal this morning.

Communications watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet, N.C., received a distress call from the man at about 8 a.m. They used direction finding equipment to determine a search area based on the VHF radio signal and a helicopter and C-130 airplane from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., were launched at about 8:30.

Two rescue boats from Station Hatteras Inlet also searched, one on the ocean side and one in the Pamlico Sound.

At about 10 a.m. the rescue boat on the Pamlico side spotted the man on a sandbar waving an orange rain jacket. The man had taken shelter in a small four-piling bungalow-style building on the shore after his boat capsized.

The crew of the boat could not reach the man because of the water depth in the area, so they called the helicopter to the scene. The man was hoisted at about 10:30 and was taken to a waiting ambulance at Billy Mitchell Airport on Hatteras Island to be checked for hypothermia.

The Coast Guard recommends that all boaters carry a VHF Radio on board because they are more reliable than cell phones on the water, and they allow rescuers to determine where to search.

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