Coast Guard Rescues Three From Pamlico Sound

A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted three people from the water of the Pamlico Sound after their sailboat ran aground near Rawls Island, Saturday.

Members aboard the Honey Badger, a 26-foot sailboat, made a mayday call notifying Coast Guard watchstanders that their boat was on a shoal near Rawls Island.

Watchstanders dispatched a crew aboard a 47-foot motor life boat from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet along with an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.

The crew was unable to reach the sailboat due to shallow water. The Jayhawk crew then hoisted the three people aboard the aircraft and transported them to Air Station Elizabeth City where they were met by awaiting medical personnel.

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  • by DUAL-C Location: WANCHESE N.C. on Feb 14, 2012 at 09:26 AM
    Never fails,any time there is a storm,a sailboat crew needs rescuing.Here's an idea,listen to the weather reports,they are free and oh so informative.Let's stop putting men's lives at rsk for no reason,other than a l;ack of common sense.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 25, 2012 at 02:10 PM
    Glad these three were rescued. I viewed the T.V. version also. I wonder if people who are are rescued at sea, because they are out there in their own private boat/sailboat/yacht, are asked to pay a 'rescue fee'? Now bear with me; if you call an ambulance you are sent a bill for the service. Is this service also 'billable', or just a courtesy? It must be very expensive to send a helicopter/Coast Guard boat to these rescues, in addition to the manpower/rescuers.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Jan 24, 2012 at 04:00 AM
    The Coast Guard is a marvel to watch in a rescue event! What did the people do with the sailboat? They should have members of Sea-tow, could have pulled them off sandbar.
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      by Boats on Jan 24, 2012 at 07:41 AM in reply to Shine
      Probably still sitting there since the water is about 6-inches deep around Rawls Island.
  • by anon Location: enc on Jan 24, 2012 at 03:08 AM
    Kudos USCG; and would that have been 6009 out of Elizabeth city, nc?? ALWAYS READY!!
  • by who on Jan 23, 2012 at 07:43 PM
    Thank God for the Coast Guard

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