Coast Guard assists waterfowl hunter, sail boater over weekend

By on February 12, 2018

Station Hatteras Inlet crews arrive at Bluff Point. (Facebook)

The Coast Guard assisted a pair of boaters who ran into trouble in separate incidents over the weekend in area waters.

Early Saturday morning, Station Hatteras Inlet received a call about a duck hunter whose boat was taking on water near Bluff Point in Hyde County, and launched both a 47-foot motor lifeboat and a 24-foot shallow water craft launched to assist.

Due to the shallow water, the smaller craft carefully navigated to the hunter and was able to safely bring him on board and transfer him to the motor lifeboat, which took him to Swan Quarter.

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Watchstanders at Station Elizabeth City were notified Sunday about 5:15 p.m. about a man whose sailboat was taking on water Sunday evening in the Alligator River.

A crew from Station Elizabeth City trailered a 29-foot response boat-small and launched at Alligator River Marina. The crew arrived on scene just south of the Alligator River Bridge and towed the man’s sailboat to the marina.

“Familiarizing yourself with your vessel and knowing all the required safety equipment is extremely important,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Daniels, crew member during the case. “Always make sure you have more than one way to call for help when on the water.”

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