Coast Guard rescues family of Four off North Carolina

BEAUFORT, N.C. – A Coast Guard rescue boat crew saved a family of four aboard a sinking boat 8 miles off Bogue Inlet Sunday.

The father called Seatow in Beaufort on his VHF radio and told them his boat was taking on water with his family of four aboard, including his 9 year old, near the Beaufort “sea” buoy.

Later a mayday was heard twice and communications were lost, but Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders heard the call. Two towers picked up the transmission which gave the watchstanders two lines of bearing that crossed near the “C” buoy 8.5 nautical miles from Bogue Inlet. Station Emerald Isle launched a 27-foot rescue boat, while the watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, in case someone nearby might be able to help.

The rescuers arrived on scene and found the family, three were clinging to the their capsized boat and one was floating in the water, all wearing their life jackets. They retrieved everyone from the water.

Towboat US from Swansboro, N.C., arrived to salvage the overturned vessel.

“Rescue 21 clarified any confusing of the location of the family clinging onto the capsized vessel due to lack of broadcast position and it was good to see they all had their life jackets on,” said Chief Petty Officer Marten Stel, the Command Duty Officer at Sector North Carolina.

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