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Coast Guard rescues 3 from boat taking on water off Oregon Inlet

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Posted at 8:02 AM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 08:02:10-05

Elizabeth City, NC – The Coast Guard rescued three people Sunday after a boat began taking on water approximately 39 miles southeast of Oregon Inlet.

Coast Guard watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received notification around 12:20 p.m. Sunday that the 24-foot boat was taking on water.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat launched from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet.

The boat crew arrived on scene around 2:00 p.m. and a crew member started helping the crew of the sinking boat with dewatering efforts. The helicopter crew deployed a rescue swimmer and a dewatering pump.

The Coast Guard boat crew escorted the boat into Oregon Inlet. By 4:20 p.m., the boat was moored at the North Carolina National Park Service boat ramp.

No one was injured.