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Coast Guard assists boat taking on water off Ocracoke Island

(U.S. Coast Guard photo)

OCRACOKE, Hyde County - A boat taking on water off Ocracoke Island received assistance from the Coast Guard on Tuesday.

A crew from Station Hatteras Inlet was dispatched after receiving notification that the 72-foot fishing vessel Capt. Jimmy was taking on water in Pamlico Sound near Bluff Shoal Light at about 3:30 a.m.

Two 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crews from Station Hatteras Inlet arrived on scene and assisted with dewatering pumps to remove the water while being towed. The boat was towed to the Neuse River entrance where another crew from Station Fort Macon took over the escort to Beaufort.

"Thanks to the fast response of Hatteras Inlet crews, combined with the cooperation of our crew and watchstanders in the Sector North Carolina Command Center, we were able to make sure the fishing vessel made it back to Beaufort," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler McGregor, Station Fort Macon coxswain for the case.

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