Coast Guard cutter tows disabled boat off Cape Hatteras,NC

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard Cutter Seahorse is shown towing a disabled 45-foot sailing vessel off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., July 8, 2011. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a VHF-FM call from the crew aboard the sailing vessel Beloved Barracuda stating that the vessel’s engines failed and were low on power. U.S. Coast Guard video.

Post by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Marin

Click on photo to view  video of the tow.

The Coast Guard Cutter Seahorse towed a disabled 45-foot sailing vessel off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., July 8.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a VHF-FM call from aboard the sailing vessel Beloved Barracuda stating that there were two people aboard, had lost engine power and were low on battery power. The crew stated that they had been drifting for three days and requested to be towed.

Throughout the response the Coast Guard launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet, and crews aboard the cutter Seahorse and the cutter Beluga.

The helicopter crew had trouble locating the vessel and had to return to base due to the weather. The Hercules and MLB crews were able to locate the sailing vessel approximately 45 miles east of Buxton, N.C.

The MLB crew took the sailing vessel in tow but had to later release the vessel due to the weather.

It was decided that the crew of the cutter Seahorse would relieve the MLB crew from the scene and accompany the Beloved Barracuda towards shore until the weather calmed to take the vessel in tow.

The crew of the cutter Seahorse took the Beloved Barracuda in tow and transported them towards the Chesapeake Bay entrance to pass the tow to a private company.



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