July 18, 2013
Coast Guard rescues seven from
sinking boat in Diamond Shoals
Coast Guard rescued seven people Wednesday, July 17, after the 26-foot
boat, Going Deep, started to sink approximately 14 miles east of Cape
The boaters contacted Coast Guard Sector North
Carolina watchstanders at approximately 4:30 p.m. and reported their
vessel was taking on water.
The watchstanders issued an
urgent marine information broadcast and launched crews aboard a 25-foot
Response Boat - Small and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard
Station Hatteras Inlet, and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air
Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
Good Samaritans aboard the merchant vessel Diamond Lady responded to the UMIB and altered course to assist.
on scene, the Diamond Lady's crew monitored the situation and acted as
a communication relay with the Coast Guard until the crews arrived
Six of the boaters aboard the Going Deep were
taken aboard the Coast Guard's RB-S while Petty Officer 1st Class Mark
Burgoa, the response boat engineer, boarded the Going Deep and assisted
the owner in bailing out water. The two men bailed water
for approximately 30 minutes until the 47-foot Motor Life Boat
arrived and put the Going Deep into a stern tow. The crew and the
boat were taken to Teach's Lair Marina.
"The crew put
their training and knowledge they have gained at the station into this
case," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Hunter, the coxswain aboard
the RB-S. "That is why we train and practice every day, so that
when we do get that call, the response is second nature."
There were no reports of injuries.