UPDATE: Coast Guard rescues five from sailboat off Bald Head Island

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Submitted: Sat, 01/04/2014 - 1:58am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Coast Guard successfully rescued five people Friday from a disabled sailboat about 30 miles southeast of Bald Head Island.

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

According to a news release from the Coast Guard’s 5th District Public Affairs Office, sector watchstanders dispatched a crew aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Oak Island to assist.

The MLB crew arrived on scene around 5:45 a.m. Friday 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 around 11:30 a.m., about 25 miles east of Carolina Beach, N.C.

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

There are no reports of anyone getting hurt.


  • John says:

    Its a sailboat! 30 knot winds! NO POWER? Anyone else see the irony in this?

  • Guest2020 says:

    I hadn’t noticed. It is ironic.

  • Brian says:

    Who pays the cost of the tow? As a taxpayer, I fully support covering the cost of life saving operations (such as transferring the souls on board to the coast guard vessel for transport to shore), but I’m not keen on paying for the cost of preserving private property (the sailboat).

  • X coasts says:

    Ah the new guard. Great job. When I was station at Oak Island we had 44 footer 44366 took 6 hours to get to frying pan an 6 hours back on a good day an that’s dead reckoning because the loran would be going in an out. Oh an the radar on the 44 footer was pretty much useless. Now it takes 2 47 footers with all there good electronics to do the same job.Again job well done

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