Coast Guard rescues 2 after boat capsizes in Beaufort Inlet, NC

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued two men Monday after the men’s 17-foot boat capsized approximately one mile southeast of the mouth of the Beaufort Inlet near Morehead City, N.C.

A good Samaritan contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 12:15 p.m., reporting two people in the water next to a capsized boat.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders dispatched a crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat – Small from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon, N.C., to assist. A Sea Tow boatcrew and an Atlantic Beach Marine Patrol boatcrew also responded.

“When we arrived on scene, the people were clinging onto the stern of their boat and wearing life jackets,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Housand, the coxswain aboard the RB-S. “My crew pulled the two men aboard our boat, and we treated them for hypothermia while en route to the station.”

The men were met by Atlantic Beach Fire Department personnel at Station Fort Macon and declined medical treatment.

Sea Tow personnel righted the boat and towed it to Radio Island Boat Ramp in Beaufort, N.C.

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