Coast Guard rescues five from disabled sailboat off NC coast

Posted on: 6:31 pm, January 3, 2014, by , updated on: 09:11pm, January 3, 2014

Five people were rescued Friday from a disabled sailboat approximately 30 miles southeast of Bald Head Island, N.C., the Coast Guard announced.

Trevor Miller, of the 63-foot sailboat Emmanuel, contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at approximately 9:15 p.m. Thursday requesting assistance after the sailboat lost power.

A crew was dispatched aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Oak Island.

The crew arrived on scene with Emmanuel at approximately 5:45 a.m. and placed the sailboat in tow.

Due to the 14-foot sea state and winds in excess of 30 knots, the MLB crew was only able to tow the sailboat at a speed of two knots.

A second MLB crew from Station Oak Island got underway at approximately 8 a.m. to relieve the first crew from their tow. The second MLB took over the tow at approximately 11:30 a.m. approximately 25 miles east of Carolina Beach, N.C.

The second MLB crew towed the Emmanuel into the Masonboro Inlet, where a Tow Boat U.S. crew took over the tow and moored the sailboat at Seapath Marina in Wrightsville Beach at approximately 4 p.m.

There are no reports of injuries.

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