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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  1. Sylvia Caviano says:

    I would like to thank the brave coast guards who saved my brother Bernard Paniagua. Bernie was in the grips of a rope that was tied to the sinking Boss Lady boat. The rope wrapped around his arm, was dragging him down with the boat. He believed that this was his night to die. He just about resigned himself to the inevitable and just about gave up, when by the grace of God, the rope untied itself from his arm and released him. He made it to the surface and saw the coast guards in the helicopter above him.

    So a special prayer goes out from me to the 3 Coast Guards that saved my brother and the other two fisherman on the sinking Lady Boss. May God Bless you and all others like you.

  2. Ronald M Pont says:

    Personally knowing all three I am much relieved they are safe .Thank You Us Coast Guard for your commitment to all fishermen in times of misfortune.