Coast Guard rescues 3 People from sailing vessel inside Oregon Inlet, N.C.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued three people from a sailing vessel that was malfunctioning in heavy weather near Oregon Inlet today.

Dare County 911 notified the Coast Guard that they received a call from the crew of the sailing vessel Noah’s Ark II stating that they were listing heavily to one side and had a fouled propeller.

Coast Guard members from Station Oregon Inlet gained visual contact with the Noah’s Ark II at 11:06 a.m. and launched a 47-foot motor life boat to assist, but the crew of the sailing vessel went hard aground inside the inlet and anchored the boat in water too shallow for the station’s motor life boat to transit.

A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., diverted to assist. When they arrived on scene, they hoisted all three crewmembers aboard the helicopter and transported them safely to Station Oregon Inlet.

The Coast Guard encourages all mariners to keep informed of current and predicted weather conditions when getting underway, and to monitor the weather conditions using their radio so that they can be aware of any changes.

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