Corrected: Coast Guard completes 32-hour tow of disabled sailboat

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard completed a tow of the disabled 54-foot sailboat Zulu at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday.

Coast Guard assets towed the Zulu more than 150 miles over a 32-hour period.

The captain aboard the Zulu initially contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders via satellite phone at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, reporting the sailboat was disabled and adrift with three people aboard approximately 100 miles east of Oregon Inlet, N.C.

Crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island tow the 54-foot sailboat Zulu to safe harbor Nov. 8, 2013. The Zulu was disabled more than 100-miles east of Ocracoke Inlet, N.C. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by crew member of the USCGC Block Island)

Crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island tow the 54-foot sailboat Zulu to safe harbor Nov. 8, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by crew member of the USCGC Block Island)

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island arrived on scene Friday morning, but due to heavy weather conditions could not take the Zulu into a tow until approximately 5:30 p.m.

The Block Island towed the Zulu to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, where a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Little Creek took up the tow and moored the vessel at Cobb Marina in Norfolk.

“This multi-day response illustrates the absolute dedication of Coast Guard crews to the safety of mariners in distress,” said Capt. John Little, commander of Sector Hampton Roads.

No injuries were reported.

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2 Comments

  1. Maire Zaminer says:

    timelines are off, please check debriefing with capt/crew – hope all the crew on the USCG Block Island are feeling better as well.

  2. Maire Zaminer says:

    Thank you for all you did and for your service. Semper Paratus.