Station Oregon Inlet locates 2 overdue fishermen in the Albemarle Sound

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. – Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet crewmembers located two men about 6 miles northwest of Manns Harbor on the shore of East Lake after their 16-foot johnboat capsized Tuesday.

Dare Central 911 called Sector North Carolina watchstanders and reported a 58-year-old man and a 72-year-old man were overdue aboard their from Mann’s Harper Marina. Their family reported the two men were expected back at 5 p.m.

One man was diabetic and the family was uncertain if he had eaten.

A Station Oregon Inlet crew responded with their 21-foot rescue boat and an Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew was diverted from training nearby. While the boat crew was searching, they noticed a flashing light near the shoreline. They investigated the flashing light and discovered the two men on shore.

The boat crew transported them back to the boat ramp and awaiting family members. EMS transported them to the hospital to be checked. The diabetic man was cleared with no medical concerns.

They reported that they were attempting to change out fuel tanks at about 1 p.m. and the seas in the area caused the boat to capsize. The accident happened close enough to shore to pull the boat in and wait for rescue.

The men did not have a radio on board their vessel, but because they left information with their family about when they should return the Coast Guard was able to respond quickly to search and find them. The Coast Guard urges the boating public to always have the proper safety equipment on board and to notify family and friends of your location.

“It is important that family members know where you are when you go out on the water so when you don’t show up, they can contact the proper authorities,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Leif Bruton, a watchstander at Sector North Carolina. “If they had waited we would probably still be searching.”

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