5 rescued, 1 flown to hospital after boat capsized in NC

WILMINGTON, N.C. — A Coast Guard boat crew rescued five people after their boat capsized in the surf in Oregon Inlet, Saturday.

A mariner in the area contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina around 5 p.m., reporting that a fishing boat flipped in the surf, east of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge.

Sector North Carolina launched two Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews from Station Oregon Inlet in Nags Head.

The first boat crew arrived on scene and rescued the five adults from the water. All five were wearing life jackets.

They brought the people ashore and transferred them to awaiting EMS.

A Dare County MedFlight helicopter crew transported one injured woman to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

She was reported to have had a back injury.

Capt. Bion Stewart, the commander of Sector North Carolina said, "given the heavy sea conditions being generated by hurricanes and tropical storms this season, it is imperative boaters pay careful attention to weather and small craft warnings before venturing offshore. Surf conditions at inlets can become treacherous very quickly, even for larger recreational vessels."

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