Teenagers' boat fails, Coast Guard called in for rescue
The Coast Guard rescued two teenage boys Sunday after the teens' 16-foot Jon boat became disabled and started taking on water in Currituck Sound, N.C., near aids to navigation marker 99, according to a Coast Guard news release.
Currituck County 911 dispatch initially contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at approximately 8 a.m., requesting a Coast Guard helicopter for rescue assistance.
Sector North Carolina watchstanders dispatched a crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City.
The helicopter crew arrived on scene at approximately 9 a.m. and discovered the teens abandoned their boat and climbed up marker 99.
Boat crews from the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission and Currituck County were on scene but were unable to approach the teens safely.
The helicopter crew lowered a swimmer, hoisted the two teens into the helicopter and took them to Albermarle Hospital.