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Flare helps USCG quickly find stranded boat

USCG North Carolina

A flare enabled United States Coast Guards to quickly find a boat that had run out of fuel one evening in early October.

The crew from Coast Guard Station Hobucken rescued three people after their 19-foot boat ran out of gas in Styron Creek, near Sealevel, in North Carolina.

They immediately located the boat in a marsh after a flare was fired.

Watchstanders in the Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a call from a woman saying her husband, son and son’s friend were overdue.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew launched from Station Hobucken to search and sited a flare the father fired. The boat was towed to a nearby private dock where family members were waiting. The three were uninjured.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Aram Chaghatzbanian, who was among the crew, says, "This is a good example of how filing a float plan and having up to date safety equipment can make all the difference.

“Upon seeing their flare, our crew was able to immediately locate and rescue these individuals and get them back to their families.”

The U.S. Coast Guard photograph is by Petty Officer 2nd Class John F. Zegarra.

Oct 13, 2017