Guard crews and good Samaritans assisted eight people aboard a vessel
taking on water 30 miles southeast of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina,
at Sector North Carolina's command center in Wilmington received
notification via VHF-FM channel 16 at 6:40 a.m. that the 44-foot
charter fishing vessel Miss Nell had struck a submerged object and was
taking on water.
47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Oregon Inlet in Nags Head,
North Carolina, and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air
Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, launched to assist.
the Coast Guard crews were en route, a good Samaritan from a nearby
vessel climbed aboard the Miss Nell and used a dewatering pump to
reduce the flooding. Other good Samaritans remained nearby to provide
arriving on scene, the Jayhawk crew lowered a rescue swimmer and
dewatering pump to the vessel to continue managing the flooding while
the Miss Nell’s crew began transiting ashore.
The MLB crew arrived and towed the Miss Nell back to Wanchese Harbor.
members and Coast Guard crews came together today to help people in
need,” said Seaman Khoi Vu, a communications watchstander at Station
Oregon Inlet. “Oregon Inlet can pose a challenging, hazardous
environment to mariners. We urge everyone to exercise caution when
getting underway in the area, and to call for assistance right away
when they need it.”