flare spotted on Saturday morning led to the assistance of a vessel
taking on water southeast of Oregon Inlet by the U.S. Coast Guard.
approximately 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, the U.S. Coast Guard
Station Oregon Inlet was notified over VHF-FM radio by the vessel
Poacher that they were approximately two nautical miles southeast of
Oregon Inlet, and had just witnessed a flare being shot off by a 23’
center console boat that appeared to be taking on water.
station immediately launched the 47291 to go assist the console. Upon
arriving on scene, the 47 quickly transferred a dewatering pump and a
crew member to begin dewatering the vessel.
to the amount of water onboard, the 47 then departed scene to
rendezvous with the station’s 24536 near the Bonner Bridge to collect a
second dewatering pump. Back on scene, the 47 transferred the second
dewatering pump over to the vessel. Once running, the Coast Guard crews
on the scene were able to get the flooding under control. The 47 then
escorted the center console and all four people onboard safely back to
the Oregon Inlet Boat Ramp, arriving just before 9:30 a.m.
There were no injuries reported to any passengers onboard the flooded vessel.