Watchstanders at U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a call at approximately 7:30 a.m. from the captain of the fishing vessel Bald Eagle II stating that his vessel was disabled and drifting towards shore.
A Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter (MRR) aircrew and a Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet 47-foot Motor Lifeboat boat crew were launched to assist. Once on scene, the MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew hoisted all four fishermen and transported them to the Air Station Elizabeth City.
The four men are in perfect condition, no injuries have been reported in any of the four rescued fishermen.
«The water temperature near Southern Shores is currently 56 degrees, which is dangerous had these four men not been prepared,» said Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Hall, operations unit controller for U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. «Fortunately, these men were wearing survival suits to prevent hypothermia when our rescue helicopter arrived.”
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