Coast Guard rescues 4 abandoning ship 172 miles off N.C.
December 12th, 2008
WILMINGTON, N.C. - A Coast Guard helicopter rescue
crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., hoisted four people from a sailing vessel, 172 miles east of Wilmington, Friday.
Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received notification at 9:15 a.m. that the 50-foot sailboat Kekoa was coming apart and taking on water
A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft rescue
crew from Air Station Elizabeth City arrived on scene at 10:53 a.m. to provide aerial coverage for the four survivors in 20-25 foot seas until an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew arrived.
The helicopter rescue crew hoisted all four people from their life raft and transported them to New Hanover Regional Medical
Center in Wilmington. All four people are listed in good condition.
All survivors were wearing personal flotation devices, activated their Emergency
Position Indicating Radio
Beacon and used a satellite phone
and VHF radio
The Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety
Information Broadcast to inform other boaters of the vessel adrift.
FWIW...I could hear the CG side of some VHF
communication with the boat on Thursday evening late as the wicked frontal storms (lightning and wind
gusts over 50kt) went over NC and out to sea. At that time (from what I could gather) it sounded like the boat was having some difficulty and was setting up an hourly reporting schedule with the coasties. Glad everyone is OK and I just keep wondering why people are out in the North Atlantic at this time of year.