Coast Guard rescues 3 off North Carolina coast after boat takes on water


Coast Guard rescues 3 off North Carolina coast after boat takes on water

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Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers
NEW ORLEANS - A member of the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team vertically inserts from a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., during a training exercise in the Gulf of Mexico. The MSRT is the Coast Guard's advanced interdiction force for higher risk law enforcement and counter-terrorism operations. This image has been altered for security purposes. USCG photo by PA1 Adam Eggers

The U.S. Coast Guard saved three people off the coast of North Carolina Sunday after the boat they were in started taking on water near Oregon Inlet.

No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard deployed an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a 47-foot lifeboat after receiving a report at 12:20 p.m. Sunday of a boat taking on water about 40 miles southeast of Oregon Inlet.

Around 2 p.m., the boat crew caught sight of the 24-foot boat with three people aboard. The helicopter crew sent out a rescue swimmer and a dewatering pump, according to USCG. By 4:20 p.m. the boat had returned to the North Carolina National Park Service boat ramp.

The responding crews were launched from Air Station Elizabeth City and Station Oregon Inlet.

"The Coast Guard always stands ready to assist people in distress, and this afternoon was a perfect example of their capability," said Chief Warrant Officer Keith Moore, command duty officer at USCG's Sector North Carolina.

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