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Coast Guard rescues family from sinking boat off N.C.

Posted June 22, 2009

— The Coast Guard rescued a family of four from a sinking boat near Bogue Inlet, off Emerald Isle, Sunday afternoon after several radio calls for help were lost.

The father radioed for help around 3 p.m. and said that his boat was taking on water with his family, including a 9-year-old boy, on board, the Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard personnel lost the signal of a second mayday call but calculated the boat's position using the two towers that received it. A 27-foot boat was sent from the Emerald Isle station and found the family at the capsized boat about 8½ miles from Bogue Inlet.

Three people were clinging to the sides of the capsized boat, and one was floating the water. The rescuers got everyone out of the water by about 4:15 p.m.

"Rescue 21 clarified any confusing of the location of the family clinging onto the capsized vessel due to lack of broadcast position, and it was good to see they all had their life jackets on," said Chief Petty Officer Marten Stel.

A towboat from Swansboro went out to salvage the capsized boat.

The Coast Guard didn't identify the boaters.


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  • cas-65 Jun 23, 2009

    "That would be a long walk - per the story "...capsized boat about 8½ miles from Bogue Inlet.""

    Yes, 8.5 miles from the INLET. Bogue sound is maybe 2 miles across at the widest part.

  • Citizens Arrayest Jun 22, 2009

    8.5 miles is a good distance out. There was a small craft advisory in effect....

  • teacher-mom Jun 22, 2009

    they were lucky.

  • neptunescourt Jun 22, 2009

    Way to go Coast Guard! Without a doubt, the premier maritime search and rescue agency on earth. Of course, I have a biased opinion because I spent 20 years in the USCG and still miss it 13 years after I retired.

  • sixnitepkg Jun 22, 2009

    wow, how many times did I do this in 4 years stationed on the outer banks and never get so much as a news blurb in the N&O or mention on WRAL? The CG must have improved their PR team!
    Still doesn't decrease the nice feeling in seeing these guys get a little bit of the credit and appreciation they deserve.

  • alwaysconcernedmom Jun 22, 2009

    The coast guard rocks!!!!!!!!

  • Groovy Jun 22, 2009

    Go Coast Guard! Good job. It's nice to read about an organization that actually does their job with the utmost professionalism.

  • Baba Booey Jun 22, 2009

    Great job Coast Guard!

    It's refreshing to read positive stories once in awhile.

  • PD The Pirate Jun 22, 2009

    Great Job Guys and Gals!!!! That is why I put EPIRB and MMSI on my boat......MMSI is free to everyone with a radio that is MMSI ready....It will send the lats and lons to the CG if hooked to a GPS. It is really a comforting feeling with family on board. EPIRB is even better. Any boaters that go out of the inlets should have one in my opinion....just like a VHF. Never leave the dock without it!! GREAT JOB COASTIES!!!!!

  • itsnotmeiswear Jun 22, 2009

    Great job, CG.

    They pulled me out of the water about 15 years ago clinging to the side of a capsized boat. I know it was 15 years ago because my wife was pregnant with my daughter that I enjoyed this Father's day because the great work this organization does.