Humble hero saves boaters, warns of proper life jacket use
Retired federal agent Mike Grimes heard a distress call from the Coast Guard while fishing off of Topsail Beach and ended up saving two boaters from their sinking boat. (Source: WECT)
HAMPSTEAD, NC (WECT) -
Retired federal agent Mike Grimes heard a distress call from the Coast Guard while fishing off of Topsail Beach and ended up saving two boaters from their sinking boat.
"I thought it might have been a prank," Grimes said. But quickly after Grimes spotted the boat he realized that wasn't the case. Two men were quickly dumping buckets of water out of their boat, but it wasn't fast enough.
"All of a sudden the boat flipped," Grimes explained. "They both came out from under the boat one had a life vest on but it wasn't on the right way."
The life vest was not secured properly around the man's waist keeping him from using his arms to swim aboard the boat to safety. Grimes pulled both men to safety. Grimes is now warning boaters, it's not just good enough to have a life vest on board. You have to know how to wear it.
"Find out where their life jackets are first, and second learn how to practice putting it on," said Grimes.
"I think it's great there is a good Samaritan that is willing and able to help his fellow mariner when he was in distress," said Coast Guard Commander Adam Sansoucie, who was working the night Grimes saved the boaters.