Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a mayday call on VHF-FM Channel 16 at 6:39 p.m. from a man and woman aboard the 23-foot sailboat, Sentimental Journey, reporting they were caught in inclement weather.
A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Hobucken responded, arrived on scene and took the man and woman aboard.
During the transfer, the man fell overboard and was pulled out of the water by the Station Hobucken crew without injury. Both survivors were taken to Oriental Marina in Oriental.
“They were scared to be out there, but once we arrived, they had a great sense of relief,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jared Erwin, crew member and engineer from Station Hobucken. “They were relieved to see us and knew they were going to be okay.”
The Coast Guard advises all mariners to closely monitor weather conditions before getting underway and during their voyage.