VIDEO: Coast Guard hoists 4 people to safety after fishing boat runs aground on North Carolina coast


SOUTHERN SHORES, NC (WAVY) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people after a vessel drifted ashore Tuesday morning on the Outer Banks.

Officials confirmed that the Coast Guard command center in North Carolina received a call around 7:30 a.m. from the captain of the Bald Eagle II indicating that his vessel was drifting to shore despite dropping anchor.

The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter from Elizabeth City and a vessel from Oregon Inlet to the location of the Bald Eagle II in Southern Shores.

WAVY viewer Kristine Kiousis captured video of the rescue. It shows the distraught vessel wading through rough seas, as the Coast Guard helicopter flies overhead.

She also provided these images from the scene.

The Coast Guard said it hoisted four people from the ship to safety and brought them to the air station. No injuries were reported.

“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, unit operations controller for the North Carolina area. “Luckily these men were wearing survival suits to prevent hypothermia when our rescue helicopter arrived.”


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