Coast Guard Rescues Boaters Off North Carolina
Two boaters were rescued Saturday by the Coast Guard after their 34-foot boat ran aground in the Intracoastal Waterway near Morehead City, officials said.
The boat grounded out at around 9:30 a.m. with one boater receiving a head injury and another injuring his back. There were two more people aboard who were not injured, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Matt Nelson, a spokesman for the Coast Guard at Fort Macon on Emerald Isle.
Emergency medical technicians with the Atlantic Beach Fire Department were able to provide medical services to the injured boaters while aboard a Coast Guard rescue craft.
"Thanks to our close partnership with the Atlantic Beach Fire Department, we were able to embark emergency medical services personnel aboard our boat and provide more timely medical attention to the injured crewmembers while en route to the marina," Nelson said.
The injured boaters were taken to Spooner's Creek Marina where they were transported by emergency workers with the Morehead City Fire Department to Carteret General Hospital.
The Coast Guard then retrieved the third boater from the grounded boat while the fourth remained to help a TowBoat U.S. crew in salvaging the vessel.
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