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Coast Guard assists boaters 22 miles off Hatteras Inlet

The Coast Guard assisted five people Saturday, May 11 after their 21-foot boat lost electrical power 22 miles east of Hatteras Inlet.
 
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s 5th District in Portsmouth, Va. received an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon alert of a vessel possibly in distress 22 miles off the coast of Hatteras Inlet.
 
Coast Guard watchstanders confirmed the owner of the vessel departed on a fishing trip earlier in the day when they reached a relative who was listed as a contact in the EPIRB’s registration.

The crew of an HC-130 Hercules search and rescue aircraft was diverted to the EPIRB’s location while the crew of a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat was dispatched from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet.
 
Once on scene, the HC-130 Hercules aircrew spotted the boaters in distress and were notified by a nearby Good Samaritan that boaters had lost power and were unable to communicate.
 
The crew of the HC-130 Hercules dropped a radio to the boaters and then circled overhead until the rescue boat crew from Station Hatteras Inlet took them in tow and safely returned them to Hatteras Inlet.
 
“EPIRBs are a powerful safety tool, especially when used in conjunction with lifejackets and a communication device,” said Lt. j.g. Catherine Taylor Pravia, command duty officer at the Coast Guard’s 5th District command center. “This case illustrates how EPIRBs can expedite a case so rescuers can reach those in need faster and more accurately.”

Hatteras Inlet

Coast Guard members from Station Hatteras Inlet tow five boaters with a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat after the boaters activated an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon when their boat lost power approximately 22 miles east of Hatteras Inlet on May 11. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s 5th District diverted an HC-130 Hercules rescue aircraft crew to the site of the EPIRB distress signal. After the aircrew spotted the boaters, the 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew took the boaters in tow and returned them to Hatteras Inlet. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet

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