WILMINGTON, N.C — The Coast Guard rescued five people from the water after their vessel capsized near Masonboro Inlet, North Carolina, Wednesday.
Watchstanders at the Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a 911 call at about 8:00 p.m. stating that a 22-foot boat with four adults and one 4-year-old child aboard capsized approximately 3 miles off Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
All five people were reported to be wearing life jackets and clinging to the capsized vessel.
A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew launched from Station Wrightsville Beach at 8:10 p.m. The crew arrived on scene at about 8:20 p.m. and rescued all five people from the water. The RB-M crew then transported the five people to the station by 8:40 p.m. None of the people were injured.
A Towboat US crew also arrived on scene to salvage the vessel.
“We are very pleased with the fact that the Wrightsville Beach crew was able to respond, rescue five people and return them safely to shore in under 40 minutes,” said Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Keith Moore, command duty officer for Sector North Carolina. “Furthermore, the five people chose to make the right decision by wearing their life jackets, a decision that undoubtedly contributed to the positive outcome of this case.”