PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard helicopter and boat crews helped rescue eight people from a sinking charter boat about 30 miles southeast of Hatteras Inlet on Thursday.
The fishing boat crew called Coast Guard Sector North Carolina at 12:21 p.m., reporting that a 44-foot white boat was taking on water.
A helicopter then dropped off a rescue swimmer and a dewatering pump to get the flooding under control.
Shortly after the helicopter’s arrival, a boat crew was at the scene to assist in the rescue.
Everyone made it back to shore safely.