Coast Guard rescues four boaters aboard disabled vessel near Oregon Inlet

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and C-130 Hercules aircraft

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and C-130 Hercules aircraft file photo

OREGON INLET, N.C. – The Coast Guard assisted the crew of a disabled sailing vessel east of Oregon Inlet Tuesday evening.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a distress call via VHF-FM radio at approximately 6 p.m. from the crew of the 70-foot sailing vessel Puffin reporting that they had become disabled in heavy seas 30 miles east of Oregon Inlet.

The crew activated their on-board emergency position indicating radio beacon to help provide the vessels location to the Coast Guard aircrews. A Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew was launched along with an HC-130J Hercules aircraft.

The Hercules aircrew arrived on scene to establish visual confirmation of the vessel. The Jayhawk helicopter aircrew arrived and transported all four boaters to Air Station Elizabeth City where they were met by emergency medical services personnel.

“All boaters are strongly encouraged to check weather conditions before departing a port,” said Stephen Sawyer, the search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector North Carolina. “This can greatly decrease the risk of getting caught in dangerous conditions on the water and becoming disabled.”

There were no reported injuries to the boaters.

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