Coast Guard rescues man, pets from sailboat near Raccoon Island, NC

A dog rides aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Hobucken, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, near Raccoon Island, N.C. A man and his pets were rescued after the man's sailboat ran aground near the island. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Miles P. Beene)

A dog rides aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Hobucken, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, near Raccoon Island, N.C.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Miles P. Beene)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard rescued a 68-year-old man and his two pets Thursday from a grounded sailboat near Raccoon Island.

Coast Guard watch standers were notified Thursday the 36-foot sailboat Scampo with a man, his dog and his cat aboard ran aground.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew launched from Coast Guard Station Hobucken and arrived on scene at 1 p.m. The boat crew rescued the man and his two pets and transported them to Oriental Marina & Inn located in Oriental at 2:30 p.m.

There were no injuries reported, and the owner plans to have the sailboat towed.

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