ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — The U.S. Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued a man after his fishing boat sunk approximately 20 miles southwest of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Monday.
The man was rescued wearing a life jacket in 46-degree water.
According to a news release, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received the initial report from the father-in-law of a man whose 18-foot boat sunk at the mouth of Alligator River, near East Lake. At the time of the call, the man was on the bow of his sunken boat.
Coast Guard crews from Elizabeth City responded, including an aircrew that directed a nearby vessel to the sunken boat. The other vessel’s crew was able to bring the man aboard and get him to emergency medical cews waiting at the Alligator River marina.
The man was treated for hypothermia but was not injured.
“This is one of those situations that could have deteriorated quickly,” said Senior Chief Greg Slusher, command duty officer. “No one leaves the marina expecting their boat to sink. Thankfully this man equipped himself with a lifejacket and a way to call for help. Being unprepared in water this cold can turn a dangerous situation to a deadly one very quickly.”
The Associated Press contributed to this article.