Coast Guard assists disabled vessel 46 miles off NC coast

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard assisted two people aboard a 24-foot pleasure craft that was disabled approximately 46 miles southeast of Sneads Ferry, N.C., Sunday.

The operator of the vessel contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Sunday, reporting the Siren Song, a 24-foot cabin cruiser, was disabled and in need of assistance.

“The ability to have VHF radio vice cellular phone allowed the man to contact the Coast Guard 40 miles off shore,” said Christopher Humphrey, the command duty officer of Sector North Carolina. “Vessels operating within coastal waters should be equipped with marine-band radio as cellular coverage is limited off shore. The man had a functioning GPS and was able to relay his position as he was drifting to the Staten Island, so they could more easily locate the disabled vessel and render assistance.”

Sector North Carolina watchstanders dispatched a crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Staten Island, a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Atlantic Beach, N.C., to assist.

The Staten Island arrived on scene at approximately 6:45 p.m. and took the vessel in a stern tow en route to Beaufort Inlet.

At approximately 11 p.m., a crew aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon, N.C., relieved the Staten Island of the tow. The MLB crew took the disabled vessel to the Portside Marina in Morehead City, N.C.

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