WILMINGTON, N.C. (WAVY) – The U.S. Coast Guard were called for rescue to four separate incidents throughout Monday afternoon and evening near Oregon Inlet.
The first call was received around 3:30 p.m. for a 26-foot pleasure craft boat that lost power and was drifting toward the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge in Oregon Inlet. Station Oregon Inlet diverted a 24-foot special purpose craft-shallow water already in route to assist the disabled vessel, but a good Samaritan vessel towed the disabled vessel to the inside of the bridge. The 24-foot SPC-SW crew took the disabled from there and towed it to shore at 4 p.m. The disabled vessel was towed and moored about 45 minutes later at the Oregon Inlet boat ramp.
In the second case, Coast Guard Sector North Carolina dispatchers received a report at approximately 5:20 p.m. of three people aboard a 26-foot boat, disabled six miles east of Oregon Inlet. Around 7:10 p.m. a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Oregon Inlet arrived on scene to tow the disabled vessel. The boat crew towed the vessel across the Oregon Inlet bar where they met the 24-foot SPC-SW to assume the tow. The 47-foot MLB diverted to another boat that was beset by weather off shore. The 24 SPC-SW tied up the 26-foot boat at Oregon Inlet’s boat ramp by 8:35 p.m.
Station Oregon Inlet was notified for a third call around 6:10 p.m. of four people aboard a 25-foot boat that were beset by weather 20 miles east of Oregon Inlet. The 47-foot MLB crew arrived on scene after they finished their earlier rescue and towed this vessel to Oregon Inlet boat ramp where it was moored at 9:50 p.m.
In the fourth incident, Station Oregon Inlet dispatchers received a call at 5:30 p.m. that a 33-foot vessel Split Bill had lost its port engine with one person aboard and 23 miles north of Oregon Inlet. The boat’s operator was concerned about crossing the bar with limited power. A second 47-foot MLB rescue crew from Station Oregon Inlet arrived on scene at approximately 6:40 p.m. to escort the vessel into Wanchese Harbor until it anchored at 8:50 p.m.
No injuries or pollution were reported for any of these incidents.