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Coast Guard: Two rescued off NC coast

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Posted at 3:07 PM, Oct 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-18 15:07:33-04

Wilmington, NC – Two people were rescued off the coast of North Carolina Sunday afternoon when their vessel began taking on water.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington received word from two people aboard Ticker Tape VI, a 50-foot pleasure craft, about 11:45 p.m. Saturday evening that their boat was disabled and taking on water about 14 miles southeast of Wilmington.

A 45-foot Response-Boat-Medium (RBM) crew launched from Station Wrightsville Beach and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City.

The RBM crew arrived on scene at about 1:00 a.m. Sunday, took the two people aboard, and brought them to Station Wrightsville Beach.

No injuries were reported.

The flooded vessel was left adrift with the navigation lights energized. The owner plans to contact a salvage company to attempt vessel retrieval.