Coast Guard rescues mother, daughter pulled out to sea by rip tide

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 17, 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard helped rescue a mother and daughter swept out to sea by a rip current near Baldhead Beach and Oak Island Saturday.

Joseph Fore, a Sector San Francisco command duty officer, said in the release that "life jackets were the key to the survival of the individuals in the water and aided in the success of the rescue".

Authorities said a member of the Baldhead Island Ocean Rescue team had launched from the beach on a personal water craft and placed the daughter on his boat and the mother on a rescue sled behind it.

When the crew got on scene two minutes later, they learned that the woman cut her leg on her boat's propeller while attempting to climb a ladder back into her boat. The kayaker then called 911 and reported that three people were clinging to the hull of the overturned 12-foot boat.

A Coast Guard rescue crew was dispatched and and recovered all five boaters.

After assisting the ocean rescue member back to the PWC, both units safely transited through the Cape Fear River Inlet to Bald Head Island Marina at approximately 5:50 p.m., where local EMTs were waiting.

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