Rescues abound as boating season kicks into gear

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With the summer boating season under way, there has been a spike in calls for assistance.

In North Carolina, two people died and another person was hurt after they were thrown from a powerboat that ran aground Friday in a shallow part of the Yeopim River.

"It weren't pretty. I mean, there's two dead bodies, a boat broke in four pieces. It's kind of horrific," Justin Proctor, a local angler on the scene, told WVEC News.

The Coast Guard hoisted the survivor to a Jayhawk helicopter and flew the man to Albermarle Hospital in Elizabeth City.

Along the Texas Gulf Coast, Coast Guard crews responded to multiple search-and-rescue calls on Sunday. Ten cases were logged.

“Today we assisted 17 mariners who were firsthand witness to the devastating effects of strong winds and heavy rains,” Lt. Matthew J. Walter, a command duty officer at Sector Houston/Galveston, said in a statement. “I strongly urge all mariners to check the weather regularly before departing the dock and while enjoying themselves on the water. Severe weather can arise quickly and take even the most prepared mariners off guard.”

In the Great Lakes, Coast Guard boat crews rescued six boaters and assisted three during two boat fires on Friday night.

At 7:57 p.m. the watchstander at Station St. Clair Shores, Mich., received a report of a vessel on fire with three people aboard near Jefferson Beach Marina in St. Clair Shores. At 10:53 p.m. the watchstander at the same station received a report of a boat on fire with six people aboard near Miller Marina, directly outside the station.

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The Coast Guard reminds mariners to have their boat inspected by a competent authority, such as the Coast Guard Auxiliary, before getting under way for the first time.

Click here for more about free vessel safety inspections.

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