Wednesday afternoon, July 12, the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad
responded to a call of two sunken boats in the Pamlico Sound off of
The call came in at 5:19 p.m. from central
dispatch. Per Jack Scarborough, Chief of the Hatteras Island Rescue
Squad, a spouse of one of the people on board called 911 and reported
that the boats had sank off the coast of Avon.
vessels were located about a mile and a half southwest of Avon Harbor.
Three members of the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad went out on one of
the Rescue Squad’s two vessels to address the call - Jack Scarborough,
Sam Bell, and Kristian Head – while four additional team members stood
by on the shore.
The skiff crew of the Rescue
Squad were able to find the stranded vessels soon after leaving the
shoreline. “Within minutes, we had the first person on scene and they
located the sailboat that was sunk,” said Scarborough.
people were aboard each of the two stranded vessels, and all four
people were rescued with no injuries reported. “[We believe] the
boats were too small for the water and weather conditions,” said
“It was great teamwork with no injuries reported,” reported the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad’s Facebook page.
Hatteras Island Rescue Squad is a volunteer, non-profit organization
with 30 members that provide rescue services for southern Hatteras
Island. Visitors can follow the Rescue Squad via their Facebook page at