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Fire crews rescue stranded boaters from island

Published On: Jul 22 2013 06:32:17 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 22 2013 08:54:40 AM CDT

Courtesy: NC Parks

ONSLOW COUNTY -

Fire crews rescued a couple and a child who became stranded on an island off the Eastern Carolina coast.

The Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department rescued the boaters at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday from an island between Hammocks Beach and the tip of Emerald Isle. According to officials, the victims became stuck when low tide left their boat stranded on a beach.

Officials said the boaters would have likely been stuck there all night if rescue crews had not been in the area.