Coast Guard responding to report of disabled vessel 37 miles off Oregon Inlet

47-foot rescue boat

USCG file photo

FORT MACON, N.C. — The Coast Guard is responding to a radio distress call received by Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders just before 5 p.m. Friday from a vessel disabled in rough seas 37 miles off Oregon Inlet.

A 47-foot motor life boat crew from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet launched and is currently en route to rescue the three people onboard the 22-foot recreational vessel.

Conditions on scene include 5-foot seas and water temperatures below 50 degrees.

“Mariners should always consider the weather conditions prior to taking to the water,” said Capt. Anthony Popiel, commanding officer of Sector North Carolina. “These early warm weather days can seem pleasant, but the water is still very cold, and if the weather turns, you can quickly find yourself in a dangerous situation.”

The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to pay attention to the weather and ensure their vessels are properly outfitted with all required safety equipment. Boaters are encouraged to visit the Coast Guard Auxiliary website to find more information on boating safety, float plans, boating safety courses and free vessel safety checks.

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