Coast Guard assists 5 grounded duck hunters and dog on boat near Hobucken, NC

A duck hunter and his dog aboard a U.S. Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat crew from Station Hobucken after the boat they were on ran aground at Big Porpoise Point in Pamlico County, North Carolina, Jan. 15, 2019. The Coast Guard crew was able to safely transport the man, dog and four other hunters involved to a local marina in Hobucken. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Geoffrey Hurin)

A duck hunter and his dog aboard a U.S. Coast Guard 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat crew from Station Hobucken  Jan. 15, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Geoffrey Hurin)

HOBUCKEN, N.C. – The Coast Guard transported five duck hunters and their dog to safety after their 23-foot boat ran aground and partially sank near Big Porpoise Point, Tuesday morning.

The hunters contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Hobucken at 5:53 a.m., via cell phone and notified them that they were grounded and the rear of their boat was submerged. Station Hobucken launched a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat crew to assist.

Once in scene, the Coast Guard crew took the hunters aboard and transported them to Re Mayo marina in Hobucken. There were no reported injuries or pollution. The boat is expected to be salvaged by the owner.

“It’s great that they contacted us as soon as they ran into trouble,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward Fischer, coxswain during the case. “Cold water and weather temperatures can complicate things and turn a bad situation to worse very fast.”

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