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Coast Guard assists four mariners aboard disabled vessel 90 miles off Georgetown, South Carolina

Coast Guard aircrew members inspect an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter after landing at Air Station Savannah. Coast Guard mariners Georgetown
Archive image: Coast Guard aircrew members inspect an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter after landing at Air Station Savannah.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier.

FORT MACON, N.C. — The Coast Guard assisted four mariners aboard their disabled vessel approximately 90 miles Southeast of Georgetown, South Carolina, Friday morning.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a report from District Seven watchstanders that the good Samaritan vessel Costco Hope had located the 67-foot fishing vessel Morgan Lea that had become disabled due to engine failure and was in need of assistance.

Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. HC-130J, Coast Guard mariners Georgetown
Archive image: a Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. HC-130J sits on the tarmac at Naval Air Station Key West in Boca Chica, Florida, in September 11, 2017, following Hurricane Irma.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Kelley.

An Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130J Hercules aircrew was launched to provide visual confirmation of the disabled vessel, and the Coast Guard Cutter Heron was launched to tow the vessel into port.

Over a two day period, the crew of the Heron towed the disabled vessel seven miles south of Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina, where a Station Fort Macon 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew took over the towing operation and assisted the vessel into Morehead City State Port Berthing.

Coast Guard Cutter Heron. Coast Guard mariners Georgetown
Archive image: Coast Guard Cutter Heron.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew S. Masaschi.

Involved in the search and efforts to assist the Morgan Lea were:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Heron crew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Marlin crew
  • Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130J Hercules aircrew
  • Station Georgetown 45-foot Response Boat—Medium boat crew
  • Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
  • Station Fort Macon 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew
  • Good Samaritan vessel Costco Hope
Coast Guard Cutter Marlin. Coast Guard mariners Georgetown
Archive image: Coast Guard Cutter Marlin.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Ameen.

There were no reported injuries to the mariners.

«It’s always extremely important to check the condition of equipment and engines before departing port,» said Petty Officer First Class Jared Stanton, operations unit controller at Sector North Carolina. «Through the cooperation of many different assets and a good Samaritan, we were able to bring the disabled vessel safely back into port.»

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