EMERALD ISLE, N.C. (WNCT)- The Coast Guard rescued a man Saturday from an capsized boat near Emerald Isle.
Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders in Wilmington received the call around 6 a.m. A woman reportedly heard a male’s voice calling for help. Emerald Isle Fire Department were also notified and went to the scene.
A rescue crew aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft arrived around 7:15 a.m. and saw a 54-year-old man holding on to a 13-foot capsized boat and showing possible signs of hypothermia.
“We need to stress to the boating public the importance of being prepared for the elements. The gentleman this morning was not prepared to spend the evening on an island cold and wet, resulting in him becoming near hypothermic” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy J. Ryan.
“Out there on the water bad situations can arise quickly, it’s how you prepare beforehand that makes the difference.”
Station Emerald Isle transferred the man to awaiting Emerald Isle EMS personnel. The man was transported to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City. He is listed in stable condition.
Station Emerald Isle crew members returned to the capsized vessel and towed it to Station Emerald Isle owner to recover after he is released from Carteret General.