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Coast Guard Rescues 4 from Demasted, Disabled Sailboat Off NC

Dec 07, 2018
by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick
PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- Coast Guard crews recently returned four mariners to shore, after their sailboat was demasted in a storm more than 100 miles off Cape Lookout, North Carolina.

Rescue Coordination Center Norfolk received a satellite emergency distress notification. Later that evening, an Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130 Hercules airplane crew located the 55-foot Beneteau Oceanis sailboat and contacted the crew by radio.

The men did not report any injuries, but the boat's mast was broken and the steering gear was damaged. The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba reached them and the cutter's crew assessed the damage and rendered assistance. They took the four men aboard and headed back toward North Carolina.

"I am extremely proud of the professionalism and performance of the entire crew of Escanaba, to safely locate and rescue these four mariners," said Capt. Michael Turdo, the commanding officer of the Escanaba. "With the on scene weather continuing to deteriorate throughout the day, this could have quickly taken a turn for the worse."

Consequently, Coast Guard Station Fort Macon 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew headed out to meet the Escanaba and bring the four men back to shore.

The crew of the Beneteau sailboat had departed Annapolis, Maryland and were headed to Miami to deliver the boat when they encountered heavy wind and seas.

The owner of the boat is coordinating salvage of the vessel.

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Photo caption: Four mariners are brought back to shore near Morehead City, North Carolina, aboard a 47-foot Coast Guard boat, after being rescued by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba. Their sailboat was demasted more than 100 miles southeast of Cape Lookout, two days prior, and they used an EPIRB to broadcast their distress. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Nicholas Healy)


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