Four boaters were rescued Thursday after their 28-foot pleasure craft sank in the ocean about 50 miles southeast of Beaufort Inlet, the Coast Guard said.
An emergency position indicating radio beacon alerted Coast Guard 5th District watchstanders of a distress situation aboard the Attitude Adjuster at about 10:45 a.m., giving the vessel’s location and contact information.
The Coast Guard called the phone number registered to the EPIRB and spoke with the owner’s wife who confirmed that her husband had left from Beaufort Inlet that morning for a fishing trip offshore, the release said.
Watchstanders then dispatched crews aboard an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon.
While en route to the scene, Good Samaritans aboard the fishing vessel Sea Lion contacted and informed the Coast Guard that all four people had been recovered and were aboard the Sea Lion.
“The EPIRB was the key ingredient that helped save people’s lives today,” Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Jones III said in a news release.
The men aboard the Attitude Adjuster were not aware their vessel was sinking until after their EPIRB started broadcasting and other boaters in the area contacted them to inquire if they needed assistance.