Coast Guard helps fishing boat that ran aground and began taking on water near Hell’s Gate
Early last week, U.S. Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet received a report that the offshore fishing boat Reel-E-Buggin has run hard aground and was taking on water near Hell’s Gate.
Crews rigged up a dewatering pump to help the one aboard the boat, and found that vessels rudder post had busted through the hull, freely pouring water into the boat.
The flooding was controlled enough that Sea Tow was able to tow Reel-E-Bugging to haul out in Wanchese.
Commanders say the incident highlights the effectiveness of properly installed and maintained vessel dewatering systems.