Four people rescued by sheriff’s deputies after boat runs aground in Currituck Sound

The Currituck County Sheriff's Office has skiffs that can easily navigate the shallow waters throughout the county. [CCSO photo]

Four people had to be rescued early Wednesday morning after their boat ran aground on a marsh island in the Currituck Sound near Duck.

A mutual aid request was sent to the sheriff’s office by the U.S. Coast Guard because of the location of the grounding, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Walker.

Walker said that through prior training and cooperative operations, the Coast Guard knew the sheriff’s office had the shallow water vessel that would be need to reached the stranded boaters.

With assistance from the Coast Guard and Dare Medflight, Currituck officers Jeremy Evans and Jesse Taylor retrieved the stranded boaters from the marsh and brought them safely ashore.

An investigation of the incident is underway by N.C. Wildlife Reources Commission Law Enforcement, according to NWRCLE Sgt. Johnathan Beardsley.

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