Was fishing for bait outside Little Creek Saturday at about 6 am when I heard a MayDay. Captain of a 48 foot Hatteras said he was taking on water and that the bilge appeared not to be working. The Coast Guard answered him (and I had no idea where he was) and switched him to a cell phone. About 15 minutes later I hear a more frantic call and see a flare off in the distance. Rushed to the boat which was filling up. Wanted to put all four on my boat, but three of them tried to save the boat (the grandfather got on my boat). The coast guard showed up about 5 minutes later, forced the three off of the boat. My question is why not run to the closest beach? Once I started taking on water at the HRBT and immediately beached the boat (it was a 17 foot CC). It was a rental and realized that there were TWO plugs not just one. Even if the boat sinks at least your swim wouldn't be very far. These guys were lucky, but didn't seem to be too sea savvy although they had come up from Florida.
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