BEAUFORT, NC (WNCT) – The Coast Guard rescued four people from a sinking pleasure craft on Saturday afternoon.
Watchstanders at the Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a distress call from a 26-foot aluminum-hulled catamaran Fish Tank just after 1 p.m. The boat was taking on water approximately 26 miles southeast of Beaufort Inlet.
A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Fort Macon arrived on scene just after 2pm to find a Sea Tow crew attempting to dewater the catamaran.
The Coast Guard worked with Sea Tow, but the crews were not able to stop water from pouring into the boat. The Coast Guard took all four male passengers aboard the Motor Lifeboat, and brought them safely to Station Fort Macon.
After the four passengers were safely rescued, the Emerald Isle Homeported Catamaran sank in about 50 feet of water.
“Though we were unable to save their vessel, it was fortunate we arrived in time to keep these men out of the water,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Torres, MLB operator for the case. “I’d rather have everyone safe than have someone get injured or worse trying to save a boat when capsizing is imminent.”