Crew members from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet assisted a disabled vessel at the Oregon Inlet Bar on Friday afternoon after it lost power to one of its two engines.
Station Oregon Inlet received the report, and a request for assistance, from the 36 ft. vessel at 3:00 p.m. on October 16.
The station’s 47’ ft. Motor Life Boat (MLB) was launched to aid the vessel, navigating through 2-4 ft. chop in the channel.
“One of the factors taken into consideration when determining the level of distress is the potential for a situation to worsen,” stated the Station in a social media update on the incident. “This is exactly what happened when the vessel reported to our 47’ that they lost their ‘good’ engine. Now, the vessel is limping in on the ‘bad’ engine, which is expected to over heat.”
The vessel was informed by the Coast Guard crew that if they maintained their course, the vessel would lose their engine and run into the significant shoaling in the channel. As a result, the vessel met the 47′ MLB outside the Bar to be escorted in.
Once inside the Inlet, the vessel secured their engines and was put into tow by the 47′ MLB, which took them safely to their home port. No injuries were reported during the incident.