Coast Guard, good Samaritan assist boat run aground on Neuse

(U.S. Coast Guard photo)

NEW BERN, Craven County - A boat which ran aground and became disabled required the assistance of the Coast Guard Tuesday on the Neuse River.

A call came in around 2:50 p.m. that a man aboard a 40-foot vessel had a fire which he put out. His boat was aground and disabled in the vicinity of Broad Creek. Watchstanders in the Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington sent help from Station Hobucken in Pamlico County.

The crew arrived on but could not safely transit the remaining 500 yards to the aground boat due to draft restrictions. A good Samaritan aboard a nearby 16-foot boat transported two Station Hobucken crew members to the disabled vessel then brought the crew members and the man back before transferring the man to a waiting EMS team on shore.

"We would like to express our appreciation for the good Samaritan who offered his help today," said Coast Guard Lt. Tiffany Zehnle, command duty officer for the case. "This was truly a team effort between the Station Hobucken crew and the local mariner. Together they were able to quickly and safely help this man out of a difficult situation."

The owner is working to salvage the boat, which currently poses no hazard to navigation.

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