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Flares fired in ‘team effort’ North Carolina rescue

Mad Lady II

Flares were fired in a successful “team effort” to rescue two fishermen in a broken boat in North Carolina, USA.

The alarm was raised by one of the men’s wives who told the U.S. Coastguard that the generator aboard their 35-foot fishing boat, Mad Lady II, was not working in deteriorating weather. The boat was drifting and it later capsized.

The crew had left Ocracoke in the morning and were planning to shrimp in Pamlico Sound before unloading their catch in Engelhard.

N.C. Wildlife and Marine Patrol officers launched a search around midnight and flares were later spotted near Wysocking Bay, says Coast Guard public affairs Petty Officer First Class Andy Kendrick.

Neither of the men was with the boat, but another mariner reported debris around seven miles northeast of the boat’s location, where the aircrew found both men clinging on.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center coordinated search efforts with Air Station Elizabeth City aircrews, Station Hatteras Inlet boat crews, North Carolina wildlife enforcement officers and local police.

Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Karow, the search and rescue mission coordinator, says, “Locating the two fisherman was a true team effort between local first responders, good Samaritans and the Coast Guard.

“We are all grateful that the men were able to hold on to the floating debris throughout the long night.”

The men were rescued and taken back to Air Station Elizabeth City, where they met EMS and were taken to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center.

Lt. Cmdr. Karow said the early notification to the Coast Guard was key to the successful search and rescue planning.

The image shows the capsized Mad Lady II. Credit U.S. Coast Guard.


Jul 27, 2018