The Coast Guard has performed yet another successful maritime search and rescue mission after safely evacuating two people from a vessel that ran aground on Saturday near Spooner’s Creek just off the Intracoastal Waterway. The victims were rescued from a grounded 34-foot boat and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
According to the Coast Guard, one of the boaters contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday to report that their vessel ran aground with four people. The boater explained that one man sustained a head injury and another suffered a back injury.
The Coast Guard then dispatched a crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon, while SeaTow and TowBoat U.S. also responded to the scene of the boating accident. Once emergency crews arrived, the two injured boaters were removed from the vessel and were transferred to a Morehead City Fire Department crew at Spooner’s Creek Marina who then transported them to Carteret General Hospital.
The Coast Guard issued a statement regarding the rescue operation, offering their gratitude for the fire department’s assistance.
“Thanks to our close partnership with the Atlantic Beach Fire Department, we were able to embark emergency medical services personnel aboard our boat and provide more-timely medical attention to the injured crewmembers while en route to the marina,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Matt Nelson, the Coast Guard coxswain.
After the two injured boaters were safely off the vessel, Coast Guard crewmembers returned to retrieve a third person and transported him to Spooner’s Creek Marina, while the remaining boater stayed behind to assist with salvaging the vessel.
A TowBoat U.S. crew later salvaged the grounded boat.
Initial reports on the boating accident revealed that three of the boaters sustained injuries. One report explained that one victim sustained a spinal injury and two others sustained serious lacerations and a possible concussion. The identities and current condition of the victims has yet to be revealed.
According to authorities, the men were on a Rampage sportfisherman boat doing sea trials. The boat sustained major damage to its hull after hitting a shoal at an estimated 25-30 knots.
No word on what caused the accident to take place, but there are several possible explanations. Speeding, pilot inexperience or a malfunction in the vessel’s own equipment may all contribute to maritime accidents, but more often than not, victims have a valid claim they can file against those responsible for the incident.
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