Coast Guard helps sinking boat after distress flare spotted

By on July 15, 2018

It took two pumps to control the flooding. (USCG photo)

A report of an emergency flare sent the Coast Guard 2 miles offshore Sunday morning to help a boat taking on water.

The vessel Poacher radioed the Coast Guard at about 7:30 a.m. after seeing the flare shot from a 23-foot center-console boat, according to a post on the Oregon Inlet Station’s Facebook page.

A boat was sent out and a dewatering pump and a Coast Guard crew member went to work. Because there was so much water in the distressed boat, the Coast Guard vessel headed back toward Oregon Inlet to meet a second Coast Guard crew for another pump.

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The Coast Guard and a crew member of the boat were able to control the flooding with the two pumps. The Coast Guard escorted the boat back to Oregon Inlet, arriving at about 9:30 a.m.

All four of the people on the center-console boat were okay.

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