PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - A 22-foot boat took on water Tuesday afternoon, prompting help from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Watchstanders responded to the entrance to Bogue Inlet near Swansboro, N.C. around 2 p.m. after the owner of the boat reported the vessel was taking on water. It took crews about 15 minutes to arrive on scene.
Five people were helped off the boat and crews began the dewatering process.
"We're very fortunate that the vessel taking on water had enough life jackets aboard for everyone and they put them on," said Petty Officer 1st Class Colin Smith, the executive petty officer of Station Emerald Isle. "The RB-M could not get close enough due to shallow water; therefore, we used our shallow water craft to get a line onto the disabled boat and pull them to safer water."
Crews were able to remove 150 gallons of water from the boat.
No one was injured.
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