Coast Guard rescues two off North Carolina coast

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued two people Friday after their sailboat began taking on water 90 nautical miles east of Currituck Sound, N.C.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a radio message at approximately 6:52 a.m. from crewmembers of the 45-foot sailboat Celedon saying that the vessel was flooding.

An MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City was diverted to the scene, and a nearby commercial tanker ship, the Atlantic Leo, responded after hearing an urgent marine information broadcast issued by the Coast Guard.

The helicopter arrived on-scene at 7:37 a.m. The sailboat had taken on 3 inches of water, and its crewmen were unable to determine the source of the flooding. They were then airlifted from the sailboat by the helicopter’s crew.

Weather conditions on scene included winds gusting to 40 knots per hour and 12-foot seas.

Neither man received any injuries, and they returned with the helicopter crew to Air Station Elizabeth City.

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  1. Lawrence Zeitlin says:

    Three inches of water in a 40′ boat is less than 100 gallons. Didn’t the boat have a bilge pump or even a bucket? These guys had no business being at sea. What happened to the boat. Was it allowed to drift free as a hazard to navigation?

  2. Kirk Haverland says:

    There does not seem to have been any imminent danger here, so either this report does not give all the information or these guys should have to pay for their rescue. I bet I get nearly that much water in my bilge after a few days of ice melting from my icebox, so unless it was three inches above the sole and they had lost power, these guys had no business setting foot on a boat. Wouldn’t a boat of that size have a manual bilge pump anyway?
    The worst part besides the waste of resources is what was noted above – the hazard to navigation!