Coast Guard rescues four after trawler drifts away

DUCK, N.C. (WITN) – The U.S. Coast Guard Tuesday morning rescued the crew of a shrimp trawler off the Outer Banks.

The Bald Eagle II alerted the Coast Guard that they were disabled off Duck and drifting towards shore around 7:30 a.m.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Elizabeth City and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Oregon Inlet went to help.

The helicopter hoisted all four men and took them back to the air station.

“The water temperature near Southern Shores is currently 56 degrees, which is dangerous had these four men not been prepared,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Hall, operations unit controller for Sector North Carolina. “Fortunately, these men were wearing survival suits to prevent hypothermia when our rescue helicopter arrived.”

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