Coast Guard rescues 2 humans, 1 cat from sinking houseboat

Coast Guard rescues 2 people, 1 cat from sinking houseboat (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

ELIZABETH CTIY, NC (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued two people and one cat from a sinking houseboat in eastern North Carolina.

WRAL reports that the rescue was made Saturday on the Scuppernong River near the Albemarle Sound.

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Officials had received a 911 call that a 50-foot houseboat was taking on water.

A helicopter and boat crew were soon launched from Elizabeth City.

Two people were hoisted onto the helicopter.

The boat crew retrieved the cat.

The houseboat’s owner is coordinating with the Coast Guard to salvage the vessel.