Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet Sailboat Escort Video

HATTERAS, N.C. – Two Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboat crews from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet escort a sailboat across the Hatteras Inlet Bar in heavy surf, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007.

The lifeboat crews, working in tandem, escorted two sailboats through the 20 to 25-knot winds and 8-foot breaking waves to the safety of the Hatteras Village marina.

“The 47-foot motor lifeboat crews did an outstanding job communicating with each other and with the masters onboard the two sailboats, who were unfamiliar with the area, and getting their vessel’s throught the rough conditions and into the safety of the harbor,” said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Erik Watson, Executive Petty Officer, Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet.

The 47-foot motor lifeboat is a self righting, self bailing, all aluminum vessel, capable of operating in 20-foot breaking seas, 60 knot winds, and can survive impacts three times the force of gravity. They carry a standard crew of four and can carry five additional passengers/survivors in an internal survivor’s compartment.

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