Coast Guard rescues 2 from overturned boat in Albemarle Sound

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Coast Guard rescued two people after their boat overturned one mile off Reed Point in the Albemarle Sound Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a notification from Perquimans County 911 at 3:40 p.m., reporting a 16-foot bass boat capsized and two people were in distress.

A 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City was diverted and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City were dispatched to assist.

The rescue helicopter crew arrived on-scene shortly after notification, hoisted the boaters aboard and brought them to awaiting emergency medical services.

“Wearing life jackets is essential boating safety regardless the type of vessel and regardless of the distance offshore,” said Lt. Rebekah Haba, the pilot of the responding Jayhawk helicopter. “In addition to lifejackets, marine band radios are highly recommended to alert us to trouble quickly and accurately.”


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