Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet comes to aid of disabled sailboat near Avon
Published 6:25 pm Sunday, December 6, 2020
On December 4 at 6:41 p.m., Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet received a report of a 35 ft. disabled sailboat with two people aboard 1.5 miles off the coast of Avon.
“With 15 knot wind, that were projected to increase to gale force through the night, our 47 Motor Life Boat quickly launched to assist the distressed vessel,” stated a report from Station Oregon Inlet. “Once on scene, the crew set up to put the sailboat in stern tow with a Kevlar bridle. The two forward cleats on the bow of the sail boat were covered by a rubber zodiac hindering the tow from being set.”
The report stated the coxswain of the 47 instructed the sailboat crew to cast the zodiac overboard, which was then recovered by the crew of the 47 and placed on the bow of the 47. The crew passed the bridle to the sailboat and “paid out 700 feet of tow line to distribute the tension for the 20 NM transit to Oregon Inlet.”
Station Oregon Inlet’s second 47 launched to assist in crossing the bar. While going across the bar, both crews utilized MK-127 illumination parachute flares. “The light of the flare allows the crews to spot dangerous swells and breaking shoals,” stated the report. “Once safely across, the 47 continued the tow to Wanchese where they put the sailboat into an alongside tow and moored them to the dock.”