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Coast Guard rescues two from Shallotte Inlet

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The Coast Guard rescued two people from the Shallotte Inlet, after a call from a good Samaritan Sunday afternoon.

Crews at the Coast Guard Station Oak Island dispatched Holden Beach and Tri Beach water rescue, according to a news release. A 25-foot response boat was also sent to assist.

The two people were clinging to the capsized flat-bottomed skiff when crews arrived. They were showing signs of hypothermia, according to the release. An ambulance crew waited for and treated the two once they were brought ashore.

Capt. Anthony Popiel, the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina commander said life jackets saved their lives, but the floatation devices can't protect boaters from the drop in temperatures this time of year.

"Hypothermia can set in very quickly, so boaters need to prepare appropriately for the cold weather," said Popiel in the release.

Sea Tow salvaged the boat.

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