The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people aboard a sailboat 13 miles south of Cape Hatteras, Tuesday.
North Carolina watchstanders in Wilmington received notification that
the 43-foot sailboat Nanette had a fouled propeller due to heavy
weather conditions and was requesting assistance at 6 a.m.
Coast Guard responded by sending a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat (MLB) crew
from Station Hatteras Inlet, a C-130 Hercules aircrew and an MH-60
Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City and the
crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch.
Station Elizabeth City air crews provided visual assistance as the MLB
crew towed the sailboat through heavy weather conditions. The crew of
cutter Rollin Fritch met the MLB crew and switched the tow, towing the
sailboat to Beaufort Inlet where a TowBoatUS crew took over the tow.
The TowBoatUS crew is currently towing the Nanette to Portside Marina
in Morehead City.
No injuries or pollution were reported.
amazing how the different units of the Coast Guard can work together to
assist mariners in distress," said Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph
Habel, coxswain of Station Hatteras Inlet's MLB. "From our air crews
relaying storm information to our boat crews, to our local
watchstanders working with Sector North Carolina, many assets came
together to rescue the Nanette in stormy waters."