Friday, August 19, 2022

Coast Guard rescues mariners from Raccoon Island

Three hunters were stranded on Raccoon Island after their vessel strayed. The Coast Guard Hobucken crew rescued them and returned them to Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge Boat Ramp. (Port City Daily/Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard)

WILMINGTON — The Coast Guard rescued three mariners stranded on Raccoon Island, located in the Pamlico Sound near the Outer Banks. Their 21-foot May-Craft had drifted away while they were hunting Tuesday morning.

Sea Tow Crystal Coast sent a notification to the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, which sent a a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft–Shallow Water boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Hobucken.

The Hobucken boatcrew brought the mariners to safety at the Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge Boat Ramp in Cedar Island, North Carolina. Sea Tow Crystal Coast salvaged their vessel.

Correction: The brief identified the wrong Raccoon Island (in Pender County) in its initial post.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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