Coast Guard rescues 10 near Bald Head Island
Posted July 25, 2014
Oak Island, N.C. — 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.