Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City crew rescues 2 near Oregon Inlet, NC

5th Coast Guard District NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued two people after the 43-foot recreational boat they were aboard sank 45 miles east of Oregon Inlet, N.C., Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a call at approximately 1 p.m. from a crewmember aboard the Reel Escape, from Glen Allen, Va., stating that they were taking on water and were in need of assistance.

The boater’s call dropped, but watchstanders began receiving an emergency position indicating radio beacon transmission near the reported location.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., arrived on scene and hoisted the two people aboard the helicopter.

“The Coast Guard wants to stress to all mariners both recreational and commercial that having a properly registered EPIRB aboard saves lives as happened with the Reel Escape,” said Geoffrey Pagels, a watchstander with the Coast Guard’s 5th District Command Center.

The boaters were transported to Air Station Elizabeth City.

The crew aboard the Reel Escape was travelling from Cape Hatteras, N.C., to Rudy Inlet, Va., when they began to take on water.

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