The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two unidentified people from a capsized boat in the Albemarle Sound near Harvey Point on Saturday.
The Coast Guard received notice of the emergency at about 7:25 p.m. and dispatched a 29-foot boat from Elizabeth City several minutes later, along with an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew at about 7:49 p.m.
The helicopter located the boaters, who were clinging to the overturned hull of their boat, at about 8:10 p.m. They were not carrying reflective material, visible lights or signaling devices, but they were able to call 911 with a cellular device.
A rescue swimmer descended from the helicopter and helped the two people into a rescue basket, which was hoisted to the helicopter. They were transported to Air Station Elizabeth City, where they met local medical responders at 8:50 p.m.
In a written statement, aircraft commander Lt. Jared Carbajal praised the people involved and reminded boaters to wear floatation devices with reflective material, and to bring signaling devices.
It was not immediately clear why the boat had capsized, how large it was or what became of it.