Four people safe after boat sinks off Wrighstville Beach coast

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- The US Coast Guard's office at Wrightsville Beach says four people have been located and are safe after their boat sank off the coast of Wrightsville Beach.

The Coast Guard tells WWAY they received a call that four people were in the water after their boat went down. When rescuers arrived on scene, the four were waving their arms in the air on the beach.

According to Sgt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, the four left from the Carolina Beach Inlet when the electricity went out in the boat while offshore Masonboro Island. He says the bilge pump stopped working, water began flowing in, and the 17-foot Wellcraft boat started to sink.

The victims included two New Hanover County Sheriff's Deputies, Adam Bondarek and Martha Potter and their two friends. They were near Masonboro Island when the boat sank and swam 1.5 miles to shore. Both Wrightsville Ocean Rescue and the Coast Guard responded.

The Coast Guard says all four were fine when they were rescued and had no injuries. The Coast Guard has not yet located the boat.

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Thankfully these people were able-bodied enough to swim. We were once caught by a surprise squall entering the channel from the ocean by Masonboro. The wind was so strong we had to have a man weight down the bow. We prayed for the man in a Boston Whaler we saw holding his son tight with the bow of that boat in the air due to the strong wind. They must have made it because we never heard otherwise. Stay safe at Wrightsville Beach. Great boating but you never know!

It's so nice to read about a happy ending to what could have been a tragedy. Glad they are safe.