Coast Guard Rescues Man Off Cape Hatteras

A man is recovering from hypothermia this morning after the Coast Guard says they rescued him from his sinking sailboat.

The Coast Guard released this picture of the rescue operation Sunday. The Coast Guard says they responded after a "personal distress beacon" registered to the 28 foot sailboat "The Answer" started broadcasting a distress signal.

The 57-year-old man was found 58 miles off Cape Hatteras, he was airlifted to shore and taken to Albemarle hospital. The Coast Guard says he was treated for hypothermia and released.


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  • by Mike Location: Pleasant Hill, ca on Jan 17, 2012 at 12:38 PM
    I have personnally known the skipper and the boat for nearly 30 years. Know the boat's history and recent upgrades for ocean sailing. This was a well found boat and experienced skipper.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Jan 17, 2012 at 12:35 AM
    A question from someone who does not know. When this happens what happens to the boat? Does it just float around or does someone else go out find it and tow it back in?
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      by Anon. on Jan 17, 2012 at 10:38 AM in reply to Frank Sinatra
      Most likely it will flounder and sink. If not, towing is most likely not an option. If it becomes a hazard to navigation, the coast guard could possibly sink the vessel..
  • by betty Location: aurora on Jan 16, 2012 at 05:05 PM
    to the COAST GUARD...another great job! You did a wonderful thing of saving this person's life..You are deserving of great admiration and gratitude for every rescue call you put your own lives in danger to save.
  • by Dawg on Jan 16, 2012 at 03:58 PM
    Thank you Coast Guard and all military for your service.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2012 at 03:20 PM
    Glad that man got rescued and will recover.
  • by voter Location: nc on Jan 16, 2012 at 02:59 PM
    anon @ 0812; it would seem you got your answer.
  • by sailor Location: bc on Jan 16, 2012 at 01:54 PM
    to george w., i don't know where you come by your profound knowledge but...i gotta tell you,your a moron and know nothing about what your saying.i personally have sailed a 28 ft sailboat offshore for thousands of miles in many different weather conditions i also hold a masters captains license.this can happen to 28ft sailboat or a large ship,the ocean deserves respect and preparation or it will end your life..sounds like this person had both..epirb's and a great response, saved this person after a equipment failure at sea.
  • by sailor Location: bc on Jan 16, 2012 at 01:54 PM
    to george w., i don't know where you come by your profound knowledge but...i gotta tell you,your a moron and know nothing about what your saying.i personally have sailed a 28 ft sailboat offshore for thousands of miles in many different weather conditions i also hold a masters captains license.this can happen to 28ft sailboat or a large ship,the ocean deserves respect and preparation or it will end your life..sounds like this person had both..epirb's and a great response, saved this person after a equipment failure at sea.
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      by George W on Jan 18, 2012 at 06:59 AM in reply to sailor
      I too hold a Masters license...unlimited, and a 28ft sailboat is too small. My point is proven...over and over and over again. This man made poor decision. In 2012 going anywhere in the ocean in a small sailboat is moronic. Poor decision...stupid decision. Talk about giving the ocean respect? He did not...too big of an ego.
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        by Aqua Al on Jan 19, 2012 at 03:51 PM in reply to George W
        The owner of this boat is beyond experienced and is also a friend of mine. It may be too small for you, perhaps becasue you are intimidated by the skill level one must posess? Regardless of your opinion, you come off as a major jerk when judging a man who could have lost his life. We are happy we did not lose a great guy and your are insulting him. This guy had single handed around the world and crossed the Atlantic twice. Have YOU done that in a 28 footer? I didn't think so.
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          by George W on Jan 19, 2012 at 06:59 PM in reply to Aqua Al
          I have not...I'm not an idiot.
  • by Smitty Location: Belhaven nc on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:57 AM
    These men and women(US COSAT GUARD) along with our military men and women dont get payed enough for whar the do! We as a people are in great debt to these heroes!
  • by Smitty Location: Belhaven nc on Jan 16, 2012 at 09:56 AM
    These men and women(US COSAT GUARD) along with our military men and women dont get payed enough for whar the do! We as a people are in great debt to these heroes!
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