Fire crews rescue stranded boaters from island

POSTED: 7:32 AM Jul 22 2013   UPDATED: 9:54 AM Jul 22 2013
ONSLOW COUNTY -

Fire crews rescued a couple and a child who became stranded on an island off the Eastern Carolina coast.

The Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department rescued the boaters at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday from an island between Hammocks Beach and the tip of Emerald Isle. According to officials, the victims became stuck when low tide left their boat stranded on a beach.

Officials said the boaters would have likely been stuck there all night if rescue crews had not been in the area.