Two people rescued from sinking fishing boat five miles from Engelhard
Published 1:07 pm Thursday, November 17, 2022
The Coast Guard has reported that two people were rescued from a sinking commercial fishing vessel Thursday, November 17, 2022 approximately five miles from Engelhard in the Pamlico Sound.
“Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received notification at approximately 2 a.m. from the 35-foot fishing vessel, Heathers Breeze, stating they were taking on water,” stated a Coast Guard press release. “A Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet 47-foot Motor Lifeboat responded and transferred a crew member to the vessel to assist.”
Despite attempts to dewater, the fishing boat sank. The rescued mariners were taken to Station Hatteras Inlet.
“The maritime environment is often unpredictable and preparedness is crucial,” said Stephen Sawyer, Sector North Carolina search and rescue mission coordinator. “We recommend commercial fishing vessels contact their local Coast Guard commercial fishing safety examiner for a comprehensive safety exam, have a reliable means of communication, and always wear a life jacket.”