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Coast Guard chopper rescues two teens stranded on navigation marker

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Posted at 3:06 PM, Nov 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-25 09:35:13-05

Portsmouth, Va. – The Coast Guard rescued two teenage boys Sunday after the teens’ 16-foot Jon boat became disabled and started taking on water in Currituck Sound, N.C., near aids to navigation marker 99.

Currituck County 911 dispatch initially contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at approximately 8 a.m., requesting a Coast Guard helicopter for rescue assistance.

A crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was dispatched from Air Station Elizabeth City.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene at approximately 9 a.m. and discovered the teens had abandoned their boat and climbed up marker 99.

Boat crews from the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission and Currituck County were on scene but were unable to approach the teens safely.

The helicopter crew lowered a swimmer, hoisted the two teens into the helicopter and took them to Albermarle Hospital.