The Hatteras Island Rescue Squad (HIRS), with assistance from the Dare County EMS and the United States Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet, rescued five people aboard a disabled vessel in the Pamlico Sound on Monday evening.
Per HIRS Chief Jack Scarborough, an initial call came in at 8:02 p.m. reporting an 18 foot boat with five people aboard that was disabled and taking on water in the Pamlico Sound off of Frisco.
One of the HIRS members was able to make contact with the captain of the vessel by cell phone, and by the captain’s description, the member knew his approximate location. The crew located the boat approximately five miles from shore.
All occupants of the disabled vessel were transferred to the HIRS rescue boat, a 21’ Carolina Skiff with jet outboard, and were safely brought to shore. There were no injuries reported.
“This was a great outcome as a result of team work with our fellow public safety partners,” said the HIRS in a social media statement.
13 members of the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad responded to the incident, both from the station and on scene. It is believed that the motor on the disabled vessel stopped working and began taking on water, which prompted the call.