Four fishermen were rescued from a broken down boat in freezing waters off North Carolina’s Outer Banks, officials said.
US Coast Guard sector watchers in North Carolina received a call around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 7 from the captain of the fishing vessel, named Bald Eagle II, who said the boat was disabled and was drifting towards shore , according to a press release from the US Coast Guard District 5.
Helicopter and lifeboat crews responded to the ship, which was off the coast of Duck.
Crews transported the men off the boat and took them to the air station, the coast guard said. They were not injured.
Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Hall said in the statement the water temperature was 56 degrees and it could have been “dangerous if these four men had not been prepared.”
âFortunately, these men were wearing survival suits to prevent hypothermia when our rescue helicopter arrived,â Hall said, according to the press release.
No other information on the rescue had been released as of Wednesday, December 8.
Duck is located in County Dare, approximately 213 miles east of Raleigh.
This story was originally published 8 December 2021 10:08 am.