Coat Guard tows disabled sailboat 28 hours to Norfolk, Virginia
The Coast Guard has had a busy last few days helping out boaters stranded off of our state’s coast.
On Sunday, a Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City hoisted 3 people from a 38-foot sailboat that was around 210 miles offshore of North Carolina.
The 3 people were placed on the Navy destroyer USS Cole while the helicopter responded to another rescue scene that turned out to be a non-distress situation.
The 3 people were picked up again and then taken to Elizabeth City, according to officials.
The rescue operation was conducted due to worsening weather in the area.
Saturday marked the end of a 28-hour tow of a disable sailboat.
Coast Guard Officials say that a 54-foot sailboat contacted watchstanders with a satellite phone at 11:30 p.m. Thursday saying they were disabled and adrift with 3 people on board. Officials say they were around 100 miles east of Oregon Inlet.
The Coast Guard cutter Block Island arrived at the boat on Friday and took it into tow around 5:30 p.m.
150-miles and 28 hours later and the sailboat arrived at Cobb Marina in Norfolk, Virginia.
There were no injuries reported in either operation.