Coast Guard hoists man from disabled vessel 170 miles off Pamlico Sound, North Carolina

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City.
Archive image: a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, conducts a search and rescue demonstration.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki.

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C.​ — The Coast Guard hoisted a man from his disabled sailing vessel approximately 170-miles east of Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, Thursday afternoon.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s Fifth District command center were notified via an electronic personal locator beacon registered to the man’s sailing vessel. ​

Watchstanders reached out to a family member listed in the locator beacon’s contact list, who confirmed the owner had recently set sail to the Bahamas.

An HC-130 Hercules aircrew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City launched to locate and assist the owner of the sailing vessel.

Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, the HC-130 Hercules is a long-range surveillance and transport, fixed-wing aircraft that is used to perform search and rescue.
Archive image (1992): Elizabeth City, NC-The HC-130 Hercules is a long-range surveillance and transport, fixed-wing aircraft that is used to perform search and rescue, enforcement of laws and treaties including illegal drug interdiction, marine environmental protection, military readiness, and International Ice Patrol missions, as well as cargo and personnel transport.
USCG photo by Gillespie, Tom Pac.

Upon locating the sailing vessel, the Jayhawk aircrew made contact with the owner and learned that the main mast of the vessel had collapsed, and recommended​ that the man be hoisted due to worsening weather approaching.​

The man was hoisted by the helicopter aircrew and taken to Morehead City where he was dropped off by aircrews.

There were no reported medical concerns to the man.

-USCG-

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