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Coast Guard, good samaritan rescue two people from sailboat near Ocracoke

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Posted at 2:30 PM, Jun 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-16 14:32:14-04

Portsmouth, Va. – The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued two people Saturday aboard a 22-foot sailboat taking on water in the Pamlico Sound near Ocracoke.

The crew of the Sea-Ya, a 22-foot sailboat, contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at 1:10 p.m. requesting assistance due to their boat taking on water.

Crews aboard a 25-foot Response Boat – Small from Coast Guard Station Ocracoke and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet repsponded.

A good Samaritan arrived on scene and transferred one of the two crewmembers from the Sea-Ya onto their boat.

The Response Boat crew arrived on scene and transferred a crewmember aopard the Sea-Ya to assist in dewatering. Once the Motor Life Boar crew arrived on scene, they placed the Sea-Ya in tow en route to Ocracoke.

The remaining Sea-Ya crewmember and Coast Guard crewmember were transferred to the ResponseBoat, which took the crewmember to Ocracoke.

There are no reports of injuries and TowBoat U.S. is scheduled to salvage the boat in Ocracoke.