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Coast Guard helps fishing boat that ran aground and began taking on water near Hell’s Gate

A 47 MLB Engineer posing with his damage control work.
(Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet)
A 47 MLB Engineer posing with his damage control work.

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.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of kiddo cuddling, reading, and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.