Two people rescued from disabled sailboat off coast of Cape Hatteras

Published 4:49 pm Thursday, April 13, 2023

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The Coast Guard has reported that crewmembers responded to a report of a disabled, partially dismasted sailboat taking on water eight miles east of Cape Hatteras on Thursday morning, April 13, 2023.

“Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center received notification from towboat dispatch that the 22-foot sailing vessel with two people aboard was partially dismasted with an inoperable engine and taking on water,” stated a Coast Guard press release. “An Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew responded and remained on-scene until a Station Cape Hatteras 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew arrived.”

To keep up with the steady flow of water until help came, the two mariners aboard the sailboat conducted manual dewatering and continued dewatering efforts until they were towed to shore. “A station crew member embarked the sailboat to assist with damage control efforts. The exact location of the flooding was unknown,” stated the release.


Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

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“This case highlights the importance of ensuring that you are well prepared for any situation that may present itself during your time on the water,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Christian Ibarra, the MLB coxswain. “Along with the normal safety gear required such as life jackets, flares and sound signals, it’s also pertinent to maintain dewatering equipment and damage control supplies to provide self-help until the Coast Guard or help arrives.”

A Station Oregon Inlet 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew relieved the tow and the sailboat was taken to Oregon Inlet Marina. The mariners were reported to be in stable condition.