Coast Guard rescues two from sailboat 25 miles east of Cape Lookout, NC

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued two men Wednesday after their sailboat, the Andante II, became disabled approximately 25 miles east of Cape Lookout, N.C., at 5:34 p.m.

Rescued were Jim Southward and Pat Schoenberger.

Southward and Schoenderger notified Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders that they lost engine power, steering and were taking on water.

Watchstanders deployed an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.

When the Jayhawk arrived on scene, the two men jumped into the water and swam away from their sailboat, allowing the Coast Guard crew to hoist the men while avoiding the hazard of the 41-foot sailboat’s mast.

“Being able to talk directly to the two sailors on marine 16 removed a lot of their uncertainty and kept them engaged through the rescue process,” said Lt. Jenny Fields, the helicopter pilot who flew during the rescue. “We kept them updated of our position and our progress in devising a way to get them safely off their vessel and into the helo. The sailor’s radio discipline and effective communication with the Coast Guard throughout the day played a huge role in their rescue.”

The men were hoisted into the helicopter and taken to the air station.

There are no reports of injuries.

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