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Coast Guard rescues 10 near Bald Head Island

Posted July 25, 2014

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— The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 10 people from a 22-foot pontoon boat that started taking on water southeast of Bald Head Island on Friday morning.

One of the boaters fell into the water, but they were all in good health, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

The boaters were trying to cross the Cape Fear River entrance about 10: 40 a.m. when the vessel was slammed by waves. Witnesses notified the Coast Guard, which had crews training in the area.

The boaters were taken to Station Oak Island while the Coast Guard crew pumped water from the pontoon boat and towed it to the station.

“The Coast Guard would like to remind mariners to wear a life jacket and to check the weather and tides prior to their departure from port and to plan accordingly," Senior Chief Petty Officer Anthony Kannan said in a statement.

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  • smdrn Jul 25, 2014

    What were they trying to do? Retake Omaha Beach?

  • Jump1 Jul 25, 2014

    BZ for the USCG.

  • Justin Case Jul 25, 2014
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    10 people on a 22' pontoon puts it near its max. capacity, then they went into waters where pontoons shouldn't go. Kudos to the CG. What was the boat "captain" thinking? Oh, that's right, they weren't. Glad nobody was hurt.

  • notgoingto Jul 25, 2014

    Thank goodness for the Coast Guard.

  • James Kirby Jul 25, 2014
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    Pontoon boats are essentially lake boats people. They aren't meant for rougher waters

  • baldchip Jul 25, 2014

    GOOD JOB COAST GUARD!!

    Thank goodness you guys were nearby!! No pontoon boat I have ever scene belongs in the mouth of the Cape Fear River. That place can get rough in a skinny minute!!