Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue sailors 8 miles off Ocracoke

From staff reportsJune 16, 2013 

Two people sailing out of Charlottesville, Va., were rescued Saturday after their boat began taking on water in the Pamlico Sound off the coast of Ocracoke.

Coast Guard officials said crew members aboard the 22-foot sailboat Sea-Ya contacted the Guard’s North Carolina sector shortly after 1 p.m. to ask for help.

Response crews from Coast Guard Station Ocracoke and Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet answered the call. By the time they arrived, a citizen who encountered the Sea-Ya in distress had already transferred one crew member onto his private boat.

A Coast Guard member boarded the Sea-Ya to assist the remaining crew member. The disabled boat was towed about eight miles to Ocracoke, where it was to be salvaged, said Coast Guard spokesman Brandon Hill.

Hill said the names of the Sea-Ya crew were not available.

There were no reports of injuries.

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