Coast Guard assists boat taking on water in Neuse River

(U.S. Coast Guard photo)

ORIENTAL, Pamlico County - A boat which was taking on water required assistance from the Coast Guard Thursday evening.

The Coast Guard sent a crew to a location near the mouth of the Bay River at 6:48 p.m. Thursday. A 25-foot vessel with a man on board was in need of assistance. A Coast Guard crew from Hobucken arrived, began dewatering the vessel and towed the boat to River Dunes Harbor Club and Marina in Oriental.

"We recommend that all mariners keep reliable communications equipment like radios on board, which this gentleman did," said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jared Stanton, operations unit controller for the case. "If your boat starts to take on water or another emergency occurs, having a radio on board will enable you to call for help immediately, and to reach a wider range of people."

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