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Three Men Survive After Boat Sinks In Carolina Beach Inlet

Posted May 11, 2002 6:15 a.m. EDT

— Three boaters were safe early Saturday after they spent three hours in the water when their boat sank in Carolina Beach Inlet, the Coast Guard says.

The men, who had been on a fishing trip Friday, were traveling through the inlet at 6:15 p.m. when the engine on their 21-foot vessel stalled, the Coast Guard said in a news release. A wave came over the vessel and began to sink it.

The men identified as Israel Malpass of Carolina Beach, his cousin, Brian Malpass, and Ben Daniels called New Hanover County emergency dispatchers before the boat capsized, according to the Coast Guard.

Wearing lifejackets, the men remained in the water for three hours a thunderstorm came through the area during that time _ before reaching land on Masonboro Island, the guard said. Local residents then spotted them, picked them up in a boat and helped them to safety.

Coast Guard officials from Atlantic Beach and Wrightsville Beach searched unsuccessfully for the men.