Coast Guard rescues three Sunday after boat runs out of gas near Sealevel

(U.S. Coast Guard photo)

SEALEVEL, Carteret County - Three people were rescued Sunday night after their 19-foot boat ran out of gas in Syron Creek near Sealevel.

According to a press release, watchstanders in the Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a call from a woman at 7 p.m. Sunday, stating her husband, son and son's friend were overdue and had not returned at the time stated in their float plan. A crew from Station Hobucken launched to search for the three. After sighting a flare the father fired, the crew found the three aboard their boat in a marsh. The Station Hobucken crew towed the boat to a nearby private dock.

"This is a good example of how filing a float plan and having up to date safety equipment can make all the difference," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Aram Chaghatzbanian, boat crew member on the case. "Upon seeing their flare, our crew was able to immediately locate and rescue these individuals and get them back to their families."