The Coast Guard hoisted two men and one woman Thursday from a motor yacht in Ocracoke Inlet.
Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector North
Carolina Command Center in Wilmington were notified at approximately
5:40 p.m. that the 54-foot yacht Crystal Ball had run aground in
Ocracoke Inlet and was taking on water.
Both an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air
Station Elizabeth City and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station
Hatteras Inlet responded at approximately 5:45 p.m.
The helicopter crew arrived on scene at
approximately 6:25 p.m. and hoisted the passengers. They were
transferred to Air Station Elizabeth City, arriving at about 7:30 p.m.
The yacht is currently anchored and plans to retrieve it are being
There were no injuries or pollution reported.
“Everyone involved worked in a good, timely
fashion to get on scene as quick as possible,” said Petty Officer 1st
Class Jared Stanton, watchstander at Sector North Carolina. “Thanks to
our crews' training, no time was wasted to respond to this situation.”