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Coast Guard rescue 2 mariners 86 nm of Cape Fear, NC

Coast Guard rescue 2 mariners 86 nm of Cape Fear, NC
Archive image: ATLANTIC OCEAN — A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City prepares to land on the flight deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Forward.
The Coast Guard Cutter Forward conducts flight operations during each patrol to maintain helicopter launch and landing certifications for the flight deck crew.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie Elis.

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. — A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew rescue two mariners from a damaged sailing vessel aproximately 86 nautical miles of Cape Fear, North Carolina, Friday. April, 15.

​Once on the scene the aircrew deployed the rescue swimmer, following the hoist operation, the MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter (MRR) crew headed to land and safely transported the mariners back to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.

The​​ watchstanders from the U.S. Coast Guard 5th District command center received notification​ from the International Emergency Rescue Coordination Center stating that they received distress alert from the 34-foot sailing vessel Spin Drift crew.​

The Coast Guard 5th District command center team directed the launch the MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules airplane from U.S. Coast Guard Elizabeth City to assist.

An MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City rescue two mariners from a damaged sailing vessel approximately 86 nautical miles southeast of Cape Fear, North Carolina, April 15, 2021.
The two mariners were transported to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Breanna Centeno.
U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic.
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.
Department of Homeland Security.

The Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon (WPC 1113) crew, based in Puerto Rico, was 50 nautical miles away, transiting to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore and diverted to the scene to assist.

The HC-130 Hercules rescue airplane crew arrived on the scene first and confirmed that the sailing vessel Spin Drift was dismaster and adrift in 12-foot seas and 21 mph winds. The MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew arrived shortly after conducted the hoist.​

There are no reports of injuries or pollution. The vessel remains a possible hazard to navigation.

​An emergency Broadcast Notice to Mariners was issued, alerting mariners in the area to keep a sharp lookout to avoid a collision. The owners of the vessel will coordinate salvage.

-USCG-

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