Two people were rescued Thursday morning from a sinking fishing boat in the Pamlico Sound.

The U.S. Coast Guard says it got a call around 2:00 a.m. that the Heathers Breeze was taking on water about five miles from Engelhard.

“The maritime environment is often unpredictable and preparedness is crucial,” said Stephen Sawyer, Sector North Carolina Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. “We recommend commercial fishing vessels contact their local Coast Guard commercial fishing safety examiner for a comprehensive safety exam, have a reliable means of communication, and always wear a life jacket.”

The commercial fishing boat sank in the sound and two people on board were taken to the Coast Guard station at Hatteras Inlet.

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