Coast Guard hoists man from sailboat off Cape Lookout
The Coast Guard hoisted a man Tuesday, Dec. 16, after his sailboat became disabled off Cape Lookout.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North
Carolina received a call from a man aboard the 40-foot sailboat
Sassafras, stating he’d lost his sea anchor and needed assistance at
approximately 4:30 a.m.
The Coast Guard was able to hear the man over the radio, but the man was unable to hear the Coast Guard’s responses.
A Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft crew
launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, arrived on scene, and
attempted unsuccessfully to pass a radio to the man.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from
Elizabeth City arrived on scene, and lowered a rescue swimmer to the
water near the disabled sailboat. The swimmer climbed aboard the boat
and learned the man, sailing alone, was also having trouble with the
boat’s engines, among other technical problems.
The man made the decision to leave the boat. He
and the rescue swimmer entered the water and were hoisted to the
helicopter at approximately 11:30 a.m.
The man was transported to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, in good condition.
“While it is unfortunate the Coast Guard was not
able to salvage the sailboat, we’re glad to have helped this man escape
a dangerous situation today,” said Lt. Jon Lee, aircraft commander
aboard the Jayhawk helicopter for the case. “Given his limited
communications and other complications aboard the boat, he made a good
choice to not stay out there alone."
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