Coast Guard, local law enforcement team up in Wrightsville Beach July 4th

Coast Guard, local law enforcement team up in Wrightsville Beach July 4th
USCG file photo WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard worked alongside local and state law enforcement and search and rescue agencies Saturday in Wrightsville Beach from a command post at Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach. Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach active and reserve members worked with Wrightsville Beach Police and Fire Departments, Wilmington Police Dept., New Hanover Regional EMS,...

Trackside to seaside: Pit stops prepare former NASCAR jackman for U.S. Coast Guard

Trackside to seaside: Pit stops prepare former NASCAR jackman for U.S. Coast Guard
Justin Terry helps set up the pit box before a NASCAR race in Charlotte, N.C. in May of 2009. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by J.D. Terry) by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn Ever wonder what it’s like to respond to a distress call as a member of a Coast Guard boat crew, in the dark, in high winds and heavy swells? How about to work as part of a NASCAR pit crew? To be surrounded by thousands...

Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach medevacs injured woman from sailboat near Wilmington, NC

Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach medevacs injured woman from sailboat near Wilmington, NC
WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard medevaced an injured woman from a grounded sailboat Sunday just east of Seagate. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington received a call at approximately 3:15 p.m., reporting a 38-foot Sundancer sailboat ran aground with a man, woman and two children aboard about one mile south of Bradley Creek near Money Island. A crew aboard a 25-foot...

Coast Guard highlights newest boat in NC

Coast Guard highlights newest boat in NC
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — After months of training, the crew of Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach, N.C., is finished qualifying on their 45-foot Response Boat – Medium, the 126th of 170 RB-Ms being delivered to the service. The RB-M replaces the 41-foot Utility Boat, which has been the Coast Guard’s workhorse of the fleet for more than 25 years. The RB-M’s top speed of 49 miles...

Coast Guard investigates barge allision near Mason Inlet, NC

Coast Guard investigates barge allision near Mason Inlet, NC
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is investigating a barge allision Friday that happened in the intracoastal waterway (ICW) near Mason Inlet, N.C. A crewmember aboard the tug Betty Jo contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at approximately 3:45 a.m. reporting they ran aground and struck a private pier while transiting the Mason Inlet. Five boats were moored at the pier during...

Off-Duty Coast Guard member assists injured boaters

Off-Duty Coast Guard member assists injured boaters
PORTSMOUTH, Va.— An off-duty Coast Guard member assisted injured boaters Saturday when their 38-foot boat, the Jimmy Crack Corn, ran aground in the Snow’s Cut waterway near Carolina Beach, N.C. Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Royal, a boatswain mate from Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach, was boating in the area with his family when the Jimmy Crack Corn ran aground. Royal immediately...

Coast Guard, locals assist grounded dinner cruise boat near Surf City, NC

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard along with a local fire department crew and a good Samaritan assisted a dinner cruise boat Friday that encountered engine trouble and later became grounded in the intracoastal waterway near Surf City, N.C. The captain of the Belle of Topsail contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at approximately 6:55 p.m. reporting the boat had engine trouble,...

Coast Guard takes deliver of 126th Response Boat – Medium

Coast Guard takes deliver of  126th Response Boat - Medium
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach accepted delivery of the station’s newest asset, a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium, Tuesday, which represents the 126th boat in a fleet of 170 being delivered to the service. The RB-M will replace the aging fleet of 41-foot Utility Boats (UTB) and assorted non-standard boats being used at Coast Guard stations throughout...

Coast Guard medevacs swimmer near Wrightsville Beach, NC

Coast Guard medevacs swimmer near Wrightsville Beach, NC
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 25-year-old man Tuesday from Myrtle Grove Sound near Wrightsville Beach. The man’s father called 911, who relayed the distress to Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach watchstanders at approximately 3:30 p.m. reporting the man had sustained neck and leg injuries after diving into shallow water from a 16-foot boat. Station Wrightsville Beach crewmembers...