After coming to the aid of distressed boat off the Outer Banks yesterday, it’s clear the Coast Guard is still doing what they do best—rescue ships at sea and save lives
About 9:35 a.m. the 34’ pleasure craft Hawg Hunter called in a distress that the boat was was talking on water in the stern and the bilge pump was not working. At the time the Hawk Hunter reported its location as 23 miles southeast of Oregon Inlet.
The Coast Guard dispatched a 47’ motor lifeboat from Oregon Inlet—the working watercraft for nearshore rescue—and a helicopter from Elizabeth City.
Without a bilge pump the four people on the boat were bailing water with buckets—a thoroughly miserable experience on a 39 degree day when the water temperature is not quite 50 degrees.
But Hawg Hunter was able to continue on to Oregon Inlet under the watchful eye of the Jayhawk helicopter and the motor lifeboat.
A Problem at Oregon Inlet
When they got to the inlet, though, 4’-6’ waves confronted the Hawk Hunter and with the weight of the extra water in the stern, it apparent the boat could not maintain the speed needed to cross the bar.
The Coast Guard sent to two of their personnel with a dewatering pump to the distressed boat and transferred two of the passengers to the rescue ship to reduce weight.
The helicopter remained on station with an extra pump and to give aid if needed.
When the water level had been reduced from 8”to 4” the Hawg Hunter was able to power through the inlet.
She put in at Wanchese where the boat was taken out of the water for inspection.
With a tradition extending back 150 years of coming to the aid of distressed mariners, the Coast Guard is still on hand, bringing the crews of the ship to shore.
With bases at Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Village on the Outer Banks, the Coast Guard is just one part of life on the Outer Banks. Plan on visiting with us at Brindley Beach Vacations and learn more about life on a sandbar.