North Carolina Coast Guard Station Responds to Two Rescue Calls Five Miles Apart

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Hobucken, N.C. responded to two MAYDAY calls in the Pamlico Sound within minutes of each other this evening.

The first case began at 4:45 p.m. when the Coast Guard received a call for help from the two person crew of the 30-foot fishing vessel, LIL OUTRIGGER, reporting that their vessel had begun taking on water near the mouth of the Pungo River in the Pamlico Sound.

Rescue crew’s onboard a 23-foot Coast Guard search and rescue boat from Station Hobucken and a search and rescue helicopter crew from Marine Corps. Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., were dispatched to the scene.

After arriving on scene, the rescue crews escorted the LIL OUTRIGGER to the Northwest Creek Marina, where it moored safely.

Minutes later the Coast Guard received a second MAYDAY call from the four-person crew of a 20-foot pleasure craft , reporting that their vessel was also taking on water and sinking five miles northeast of Pamlico Point, also in the Pamlico Sound and five miles from the scene of the first rescue.

Coast Guard rescue crews, onboard a 25-foot rescue boat from Station Hobucken and a MH-60 Helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., were sent to the second vessel’s location.

Upon arriving, the Hobucken crew discovered that the vessel had sunk and rescued the four people from the water.

The four people were taken to Station Hobucken where they were turned over to local EMS crews for treatment.

Coast Guard Petty Officers Bryce Adams and Jeff Moberly, the coxswains on today’s cases said that the teamwork at the unit played a huge part in the success of today’s cases.

“We had great communication between everyone here today. Everybody came together as a team and we were able to quickly launch the boats and get on scene,” said Adams.

“The leadership here at the station played a big part in today’s cases, our command set us up for success,” said Moberly.

Chief Petty Officer Jeremy McConnell, Station Hobucken’s Officer in Charge, said he was extremely proud of the professionalism of and dedication that his crews showed on this evening’s rescues.

“This was an extremely rare occurrence for us having to respond to two cases happening so closely together in such a short period of time. My crew’s train together constanly for situations like this and I am extremely proud of how quickly they were able to adapt and respond today,” said McConnell.

“Not everybody in the Coast Guard has the opportunity to save a life during their career. It’s a great feeling knowing that my crew’s were able to put all of their training to use and save six more today,” said McConnell.

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