August 27, 2012
Coast Guard rescues four from overturned boat in Hatteras Inlet
crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet rescued four men from
Virginia Beach yesterday morning after their 26-foot boat capsized in
rough inlet waters.
The Coast Guard received a call at 11:14 a.m. from a Good Samaritan who
had come upon the four clinging to the overturned boat. That
boater was able to throw life jackets and other flotation devices to
the men, but he was unable to get close enough to pull them out of the
water in the choppy inlet, according to BM2 Adam Preiser.
Preiser said the seas were 4- to 7-feet on an outgoing tide.
The men had headed out for a day of fishing, but found the water too
rough for comfort. They turned around and were headed back into
Hatteras when the boat capsized. They had been in the water for about
10 minutes before another boater saw them.
Preiser said he and his boat crew were still sleeping when the call
came in. They didn’t get back to the station until the early
morning hours Sunday after another rescue call.
At 11:20, he said, the crew was ready to leave the station in a 47-foot motor life boat with Preiser at the helm.
They arrived on the scene at 11:30, and the first man was pulled out of
the water at 11:32. All four were recovered in seven minutes,
He maneuvered the rescue boat to within 10 feet of the men, and the
crew had them swim toward the boat, throwing them lines to help pull
The four men had been pummeled by the waves, but had only some minor lacerations.
“They were pretty shaken up,” Preiser said.
Dare County Emergency Medical Services was waiting at the station when
the boat returned. Apparently all got a clean bill of health
because Presier said they went to Ocracoke later in the day to see
where their boat eventually washed up.
Earlier today, Preiser was all about praise for the boat’s crew.
“Their performance was superior,” he said. “I couldn’t have done it without the crew.”