Coast Guard hoists man from disabled vessel 170 miles off Pamlico Sound, North Carolina

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

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. — The Coast Guard hoisted a man from his disabled sailing vessel approximately 170-miles east of Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, Thursday afternoon.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s Fifth District command center were notified via an electronic personal locator beacon registered to the man’s sailing vessel.

Watchstanders reached out to a family member listed in the locator beacon’s contact list, who confirmed the owner had recently set sail to the Bahamas.


An HC-130 Hercules aircrew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched to locate and assist the owner of the sailing vessel.

Upon locating the sailing vessel, the Jayhawk aircrew made contact with the owner and learned that the main mast of the vessel had collapsed, and recommended that the man be hoisted due to worsening weather approaching.

The man was hoisted by the helicopter aircrew and taken to Morehead City where he was dropped off by aircrews.

There were no reported medical concerns to the man.


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