The Coast Guard is investigating what happened to cause a yacht to take on water requiring the rescue of 7 people.
The Coast Guard says it received a signal early Sunday that a 150-foot yacht had lost steering and was taking on water 14 miles east of Ocracoke Inlet.
Duty Officer Craig Sanders says a crewmember's fingertips were severed while trying to stop the flooding. That man was flown to a hospital by a Coast Guard helicopter. The other six people were taken aboard Coast Guard boats that responded.
The water was pumped from the yacht and it was brought to a marina.