Coast Guard rescues two mariners after vessel capsizes off Onslow County Beach

Coast Guard rescues two mariners after vessel capsizes off Onslow County Beach
The Coast Guard were called just before 6 p.m. for three people in distress who were swimming near Perdido Pass. (Source: U.S. Coast Guard)

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Coast Guard rescued two individuals approximately three miles offshore of an Onslow County beach Saturday morning after their vessel capsized.

“Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received notification from Onslow County 911 that two people were in the water after their vessel capsized. Watchstanders launched a boatcrew on a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium from Station Emerald Isle, while Onslow County launched the North Topsail Fire Department and Camp Lejeune Fire and Rescue,” according to a press release.

When rescuers arrived they found two mariners on top of the hull of their 17-foot Wellcraft vessel. They were brought on board and returned to the Coast Guard station, no injuries were reported.

“The water can be an unpredictable place, so it is important to be prepared for the unexpected,” said Petty Officer First Class Christopher Jackson, watchstander at Sector North Carolina Command Center. “Because these mariners had a way of communicating that they were in trouble, we were able to get on scene quickly and assist them safely back to shore before their situation could deteriorate any further. We strongly encourage all boaters to have a plan for reaching out for help – whether that is with an emergency locating beacon, radio, or otherwise – so we are able to assist as quickly and efficiently as possible should the need arise.”

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