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Coast Guard rescues three people and a dog

Coast Guard rescues three people and a dog

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - The Coast Guard rescued three people and a dog Wednesday after their 23-foot boat ran aground in the shallow waters at the mouth of the Alligator River near Elizabeth City, N.C.

The Tyrrell County Sheriff's Office contacted the Coast Guard Station in Elizabeth City around 3:30 p.m. about a 911 call from distressed boaters.

The Coast Guard sent a Response Boat to assist, but were unable to approach the boaters due to the shallow waters.The Coast Guard had to relay on a helicopter to airlift the boaters to safety.

The helicopter crew airlifted the boaters and the dog and took them to the Northeastern Regional Airport in Edenton, N.C. where they were met by family.

No injuries were reported.
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