Two anglers wisely invested in an EPIRB, and it led to a speedy rescue when their 25-foot boat capsized.
The Coast Guard rescued them on March 8 from a sinking boat about 35 miles southeast of North Carolina’s Ocean Isle Beach.
At 1 p.m the Coast Guard received an EPIRB alert from the Quest and got in touch with watchstanders at Shaw Air Force Base. They contacted the South Carolina Air National Guard's 169th Fighter Wing, which confirmed the location of the vessel with the help of F-16s that were conducting training offshore.
The anglers were calmly sitting on their overturned hull when an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew arrived.
The helicopter crew arrived about 3:15 p.m., lowered a rescue swimmer and rescue basket and hoisted both survivors to the helicopter.
The boaters were taken to Wilmington Airport in good condition. No injuries were reported, according to the Coast Guard.