Coast Guard Tows Sailboat to Safety

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Four North Carolina boaters were towed to safety this afternoon after reporting their 42-foot sailboat was taking on water and they were having engine problems.

The owner of the 42-foot sailboat R&R contacted the Coast Guard via VHF radio at approximately 12:45 p.m. today to report that he was having engine problems and feared that his dewatering pumps would not be able to keep up with the flooding.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina dispatched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Oregon Inlet to assist with dewatering and towing of the vessel.

The R&R was safetly towed to Manteo, N.C.

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