Coast Guard rescues 3 from sunken fishing boat near Oregon Inlet, N.C.

OREGON INLET, N.C. – The Coast Guard rescued three from a 71-foot fishing trawler which sunk near Oregon Inlet, N.C., Wednesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina heard a mayday call at 6:08 p.m. from the crew of the Boss Lady stating that they were sinking and needed immediate assistance.

The three crewmembers donned their survival suits and climbed up to the pilothouse, which is the highest point on the vessel and the only part still above water when rescue crews arrived.

Two rescue boat crews from Station Oregon Inlet and the crew of the tug Candice L, owned by Robin’s Maritime, Norfolk, Va., arrived on scene but the Boss Lady was inaccessible to direct assistance from other vessels. The Good Samaritans and Coast Guard station personnel remained on scene to keep communication with the fishing vessel crew and to assist in the case that anyone fell into the water.

A helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Elizabeth City arrived at 7 p.m., hoisted the three individuals, and transported them to Station Oregon Inlet.

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