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