Coast Guard tows disabled fishing vessel from 12 miles off Cape Hatteras, NC

U.S. Coast Guard District 5
Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill

Date: 04.03.2013
Posted: 04.03.2013 21:19
News ID: 104565
Coast Guard tows disabled boat from 12 miles off Cape Hatteras, NC

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard assisted five people aboard a 54-foot fishing boat Wednesday after the fishing boat became disabled and adrift approximately 12 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

The operator of the fishing boat Blue Fin contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watch standers at approximately 7 a.m. and requested assistance.

Sector North Carolina watch standers issued a marine assistance request broadcast and did not receive a response. Since commercial assistance was unable to respond that far offshore, watch standers dispatched a crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island, a 110-foot patrol boat home-ported in Atlantic Beach, N.C., to assist.

The Block Island and crew arrived on scene at approximately 10:30 a.m. and began towing the fishing boat to Oregon Inlet. The Blue Fin is expected to arrive at the Willie R. Etheridge Seafood Company in Wanchese, N.C., around 5 a.m. Thursday.