Communications, Nasty Weather Cause Tense Moments In Rescue Off Outer Banks

A Coast Guard Station Hatteras crew rescued a man Friday afternoon as waves were breaking over the bow and stern of his 21-foot skiff near Kings Channel Marker 6, a couple miles north of Frisco.

Dare County 911 called the Coast Guard at 12:07 p.m. and reported that the man's boat was flooding. A 25-foot rescue boat crew launched and arrived at the anchored boat within 15 minutes.

By the time the boat crew arrived on scene, the man had already lost some of his safety equipment due to the severe weather, and his cell phone was no longer working properly.

"The main thing that concerned me was that when he called in, he only had a cell phone," said Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy B. Culican, the rescue boat's coxswain. "Once we got on scene, we saw the weather and how it was affecting his boat. We didn't have any communications with him, and it really heightened the level of apprehension."

The Coast Guard crew was able to tow the boat to safety at Avon Seafood 4-5 miles away.

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