This article in the Baltimore
Sun (which deals mostly with the loss of two fishermen, Stephen and Walter Tate, from the vessel Seafarer* off of Assateague just before the Andante rescue) has a bit more detail:
Coast Guard suspends search for two lost fishermen off Assateague - baltimoresun.com
" . . . two Marylanders who were ferrying a sailboat from Severn, Va., to Pensacola
, Fla., called rescuers after running out of gas and tiring from battling the stormy conditions.
A Coast Guard helicopter rescued Jim Southward, 40, and Pat Schoenberger, 38, about 25 miles east of Cape Lookout, N.C., at 5:34 p.m. Wednesday.
Reached by phone
in Elizabeth City
, N.C., Southward and Schoenberger, professional sea captains who live in Annapolis
, said that as their vessel, the 41-foot power sailboat Andante, foundered in 25-foot waves, a Coast Guard rescue
diver came aboard.
The diver helped each into a harness and watched as they were hauled 100 yards toward a spot where the helicopter could scoop them from the water. The chopper could get no closer for fear of the boat's thrashing mast
The two were fortunate because the Gulf Stream warms the water off Cape Lookout, unlike the waters off the Eastern Shore where the Tates were lost
Coast Guard rescuers told him the air temperature was in the 30s at the time, but in the water it was more than 60 degrees, Schoenberger said.
"It's crazy. You can't actually believe it's happening," he said, adding that the rescuers' calm confidence helped him and Southward, a close friend, through the ordeal.
* The Seafarer story is horrifying:
"The broken-down fishing
vessel was battling 20-foot waves and 50 mph wind gusts in the Atlantic Ocean
when a wave knocked North Carolina
fisherman Patrick Small off the deck
. From the water, Small saw another wave strike the boat, shearing off the pilot house with two other men inside."