OREGON INLET, N.C. (WAVY) — Coast Guard crews and a few good Samaritans rescued eight people from a boat that was taking on water 30 miles southeast of Oregon Inlet Saturday morning.
Around 6:40 a.m., watchstanders at Sector North Carolina’s command center in Wilmington were notified about a 44-foot charter fishing boat, Miss Nell, taking on water. The vessel had struck a submerged object.
A Motor Life Boat (MLB) crew from Station Oregon Inlet and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City were deployed.
A nearby good Samaritan climbed aboard the charter fishing boat and used a dewatering pump to reduce the flooding while Coast Guard crews were on the way. Some other good Samaritans also helped, according to Coast Guard officials.
The Jayhawk crew lowered a rescue swimmer and dewatering pump to continue to manage the flooding on the boat. The MLB crew was able to tow the boat back to Wanchese Harbor.