Shrimp Boat and Catamaran Collide near Hatteras, N.C.

HATTERAS, N.C. – The shrimping boat Tina Rae and the catamaran Locura collided about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning approximately 12 nautical miles east of Cape Hatteras causing the Tina Rae to sink.

Coast Guard watchstanders deployed a Station Hatteras Inlet 47-foot rescue boat crew after they received distress calls on the radio and picked up an alert from the Locura’s Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).

The two people aboard the 44-foot Locura recovered all four people from the 67-foot Tina Rae with no medical issues. The Captain A.L. Milliken, the sister ship of the Tina Rae, was nearby and picked up the Tina Rae crew from the Locura to bring them back to port.

A Station Hatteras Inlet 25-foot rescue boat crew met the Locura as they were heading into port. The Locura had experienced damage in the collision, but was still able to proceed on its own power.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the collision. A marine information broadcast is being transmitted over marine radios to warn mariners of the capsized vessel.

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