Two boats capsize in separate incidents off Topsail Beach

  • Source: WECT-TV NBC 6
  • Published: 05/14/2019 03:21 AM

VIDEO: A Pender County family is lucky to be alive after their boat capsized in Topsail Inlet. It’s the second boat to capsize in that area this year. The first incident in March turned deadly. Pender County Rescue officials say more boaters are getting themselves into trouble because of rough conditions and changes to the inlet that are not marked. The inlet will likely not be dredged before boating season is over. A career military man, Bill Batt had plenty of experience on boats around military bases across the country before moving to Hampstead a few years ago. He checked the weather and inlet conditions before heading out with his family to fish off Topsail Island on May 2. On the way back, a rogue wave rolled his 19-foot boat as it was coming into Topsail Inlet with the breakers.


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