Coast Guard hoists 2 mariners approximately 86 miles southeast of Bald Head Island

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WWAY) — The Coast Guard hoisted two mariners from a damaged sailing vessel approximately 86 miles southeast of Cape Fear on Friday, April 15.

Watchstanders from the U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District command center received notification from the International Emergency Rescue Coordination Center stating that they received a distress alert from the 34-foot sailing vessel Spin Drift crew. 

The Hercules crew arrived on the scene first and confirmed that the Spin Drift was dismasted and adrift in 12-foot seas and 21 mph winds. The Jayhawk arrived shortly after and conducted the hoist.

Following the host, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew safely transported the mariners back to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.

There are no reports of injuries or pollution. The vessel remains a possible hazard to navigation. An emergency Broadcast Notice to Mariners was issued, alerting mariners in the area to keep a sharp lookout to avoid a collision.

The owners of the vessel will coordinate salvage.

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