Joint Effort Rescues Three

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Two adults and a child were plucked from a sandbar off Cedar Island, N.C., today as the tide rose past their ankles.

A passerby on a john boat called Carteret County 911 at about 12:30 p.m. to report a family stranded on a sandbar in Drum Inlet near their sinking boat.

Carteret County 911 called Coast Guard Sector N.C. for assistance. Sector N.C. search and rescue controllers launched a Marine Corps rescue helicopter from Air Station Cherry Point, and boats from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet and Sea Level Fire and Rescue deployed.

The water depth prevented the boat crews from approaching, and they stood by at the scene until the Marine Corps helicopter finished hoisting the family at about 1:25 p.m. The family showed symptoms of mild hypothermia, and they were taken to Carteret General Hospital.

The Coast Guard regularly works with the Marine Corps and other federal, state and local agencies to ensure the success of rescue missions.

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