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Coast Guard assists mariners after vessel takes on water near Oregon Inlet

The Coast Guard assisted four mariners after their vessel began to take on water in the vicinity of Oregon Inlet on Saturday, March 6.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a report via VHF Channel 16 from the operator of the pleasure craft Hawg Hunter stating that his vessel began to take on water from the stern due to an unknown source and their bilge pump was malfunctioning.

The operator reported they were making way approximately 23-miles southeast of Oregon Inlet, stated a Coast Guard press release.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet along with an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City to the scene.

Once on scene, the motor lifeboat crew and the Jayhawk aircrew reported to Sector North Carolina that the water onboard the Hawg Hunter had become stable and the vessel was continuing to make way under its own power.

The Coast Guard crews escorted the Hawg Hunter crew to the Oregon Inlet sea buoy where the motor lifeboat crew passed a P6 pump to assist with dewatering until they were able to arrive safely at the Wanchese boat ramp.

No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard reported the weather on scene was 39 degrees with 17 mile per hour winds and seas at 4-feet.

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