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5th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: Aug. 04, 2013

Contact: 5th District Public Affairs

Office: (757) 398-6272

Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 3 from capsized boat near Avon, NC

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued three people Sunday after the 15-foot boat the three boaters were on capsized in Pamlico Sound near Avon, N.C.

The boat's operator contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at approximately 4:48 p.m., stating he and a passenger were clinging to the overturned boat and one person was floating in the water.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders dispatched a crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat - Small from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet and an MH-60 Jayhawk crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to assist.

The RB-S crew arrived on scene at 6:09 p.m. and rescued one man in the water who was holding onto a buoyant boat seat while a good Samaritan aboard a recreational boat rescued the two remaining boaters.

The survivors were brought to shore where they were met by awaiting emergency medical services from the Avon Fire Department.

There are no reports of injuries, and TowBoat U.S. is working with the boat's owner to salvage the boat.

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