Coast Guard assists four boaters aboard disabled vessel near Oregon Inlet, North Carolina

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk Air Station Elizabeth City, USCG assists four boaters
A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter sits at Air Station Elizabeth City.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Hodges (archive).

OREGON INLET, N.C. — The USCG assisted the crew of a disabled sailing vessel east of Oregon Inlet Wednesday evening.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a distress call via VHF-FM radio at approximately 6 p.m. from the crew of the Puffin reporting that their 70-foot sailing vessel had become disabled in heavy seas 30 miles east of Oregon Inlet.

The crew activated their on-board emergency position indicating radio beacon to help provide the vessels location to the Coast Guard aircrews. An Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew was launched along with an HC-130J Hercules aircrew.

Coast Guard HC-130J Air Station Elizabeth City, USCG assists four boaters
A Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130J sits on the tarmac at Naval Air Station Key West.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Kelley (archive).

The Hercules aircrew arrived on scene to establish visual confirmation of the vessel. The Jayhawk helicopter aircrew arrived and transported all four boaters to Air Station Elizabeth City where they were met by emergency medical services personnel.

“All boaters are strongly encouraged to check weather conditions before departing a port,” said Stephen Sawyer, the search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector North Carolina. “This can greatly decrease the risk of getting caught in dangerous conditions on the water and becoming disabled.” 

There were no reported injuries to the boaters.

-USCG-

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