OCRACOKE — The U.S. Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued two people Saturday aboard a sailboat that was taking on water in the Pamlico Sound near Ocracoke.
The crew of the Sea-Ya, a 22-foot sailboat, contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at 1:10 p.m. requesting assistance due to their boat taking on water.
Sector North Carolina watchstanders dispatched crews aboard a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Ocracoke and a 47-foot motor life boat from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet.
Another boater also arrived on scene and transferred one of the two crewmembers from the Sea-Ya onto their boat.
The Coast Guard crew transferred the other crewmember to the Sea-Ya to assist in dewatering. Once the life boat crew arrived on scene, the Sea-Ya was towed to Ocracoke.
The remaining Sea-Ya crewmember and Coast Guard crewmember were transferred to the rescue boat.