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Two rescued after shipwreck on N.C. island

Posted December 11, 2009 11:10 a.m. EST

— Two men were rescued after their boat fell apart and sank Wednesday night, shipwrecking them on an island in the Core Sound, the Coast Guard said.

A friend reported the two missing when they were overdue on a sail from Marshallberg to Jarrett's Bay. The pair was on a 14-foot sailboat without any lights, electronics or life jackets, the friend told the Coast Guard.

The friend said he saw a fire on Bell's Island, about a half-mile offshore from Marshallberg, and thought that might be his friends trying to signal for help.

The Coast Guard sent out an alert and dispatched a Marine helicopter crew from the Cherry Point base, officers said. A Good Samaritan found the pair and helped the helicopter crew get them back to safety.

The boaters told authorities that their boat sank in rough seas and high winds.

"Both individuals swam for an hour before making landfall at Bell's Island," Petty Officer First Class Jason Frivance said in a statement.

They were in good condition after their rescue, officers said.