Coast Guard assists yacht taking on water in Pasquotank River

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Crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City assist a 43-foot motor boat taking on water in the Pasquotank River near Elizabeth City, July 30, 2017. The Coast Guard crew sent two crewmembers aboard with a pump to keep up with the flow of water and remained on scene until a commercial towing vessel arrived. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Frederick Lamm)

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – The Coast Guard assisted a yacht that had taken on water after running aground in the Pasquotank River near Elizabeth City on Sunday.

A crew member on the 43-foot Eager Miss contacted Sector North Carolina watchstanders at approximately 4 p.m. to report that the boat had run aground and was taking on water.

The boat was carrying six adults and one child.

Station Elizabeth City diverted a 29-foot Response Boat-Small that was already underway to assist.

Once at the scene, the response boat crew sent two crewmembers aboard with a pump to keep up with the flow of water.

The Coast Guard crew remained at the scene until a towing vessel arrived. The yacht and passengers were then towed to The Pelican Marina in Elizabeth City.