On January 14, 2023, the U.S. Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet responded to a report of a sailing vessel, the Second Wind, which was close to Oregon Inlet and was seeking safe haven to weather a weekend storm.
Because the Oregon Inlet Bar was breaking with 6-8’ feet of surf, both of the station’s motor lifeboats got underway to escort S/V Second Wind across the bar. The Coast Guard crew stayed behind the vessel in need, taking the bulk of the waves’ force on the lifeboat to ensure a safe inbound run.
Ultimately, Second Wind was able to anchor at Slaughter Point and wait out the storm before continuing on her voyage.
Station Oregon Inlet shared the details of the incident in an online update, stating that “All mariners are reminded to keep close tabs on current and future weather forecasts and to plan their voyages accordingly.”