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Coast Guard rescues 2 from capsized boat in Albemarle Sound

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) - Two people were rescued by the Coast Guard after their boat overturned one mile off Reed Point in the Albemarle Sound Friday around 3:40 p.m.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a notification from the Perquimans County 911 reporting a 16-foot bass boat capsized and two people in distress.

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The Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station from Elizabeth City along with an HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station were dispatched to assist.

The rescue helicopter crew arrived and assisted the boaters aboard and brought them to awaiting emergency medical services.

“Wearing life jackets is essential boating safety regardless the type of vessel and regardless of the distance offshore,” said Lt. Rebekah Haba, the pilot of the responding Jayhawk helicopter. “In addition to lifejackets, marine band radios are highly recommended to alert us to trouble quickly and accurately.”

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