Coast Guard keeps charter boat from sinking, rescuing 8 people


Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet boat crews aboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water, provide dewatering support Aug. 9, 2018, as they escort a 44-foot charter boat that was taking on water back to port in Hatteras Inlet, N.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. (WAVY) — Coast Guard crews kept a charter boat from sinking as it was taking water off the Hatteras Inlet, rescuing eight people in the process.

Officials said the crew of the fishing boat Runaway called the Coast Guard around 12:20 p.m. Thursday, reporting that a a 44-foot white boat called Good Times was taking on water.

Eight people were on board the Good Times, which was about 30 miles southeast of Hatteras Inlet.

A helicopter crew from Elizabeth City responded, and dropped off a rescue swimmer as well as a dewatering pump to help get the flooding under control. 

A Hatteras Inlet lifeboat crew also responded to make sure the Good Times made it back safely to the inlet. From there, another Hatteras Inlet crew escorted the Good Times to Scott Boatyard to get the boat hauled out of the water.

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