WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard hoisted four fishermen from an 88-foot fishing vessel Sea Angels in Browns Inlet, North Carolina, Monday morning.
Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a radio distress call at approximately 8:12 a.m. from a crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Sea Angels. The crewmember reported that there were four people onboard and that they had run aground due to mechanical issues and requested assistance from the Coast Guard.
A boat crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Emerald Isle and an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City launched to assist. Once on scene, the aircrew hoisted the four crew members and transported them to Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle.
There were no reported injuries or visible signs of pollution.
“Now that the crewmembers are safe, our main focus is working with the vessel owner to address any potential pollution,” said Capt. Bion Stewart, Commander at Sector North Carolina. “We are continuing to monitor salvage operations of the grounded vessel.”