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Kekoa lost - 4 rescued off Hatteras

Coast Guard rescues 4 abandoning ship 172 miles off N.C.

December 12th, 2008


WILMINGTON, N.C. - A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., hoisted four people from a sailing vessel, 172 miles east of Wilmington, Friday.
Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received notification at 9:15 a.m. that the 50-foot sailboat Kekoa was coming apart and taking on water.
A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft rescue crew from Air Station Elizabeth City arrived on scene at 10:53 a.m. to provide aerial coverage for the four survivors in 20-25 foot seas until an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew arrived.
The helicopter rescue crew hoisted all four people from their life raft and transported them to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. All four people are listed in good condition.
All survivors were wearing personal flotation devices, activated their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon and used a satellite phone and VHF radio.
The Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Broadcast to inform other boaters of the vessel adrift.
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Glad all are safe. Why do people sail in the N. Atlantic at this time of year?
BTW...it appears as if this was a delivery crew. Frontal winds of 50kts and lightning swept off the NC coast late Thursday nite.
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This is why the USCG is my favorite Govt Agency

The USCG is one of thos always there when you need them agencies. They will go out and do whatever it takes to save lives. If only the rest of the US Govt were as reliable!
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I wonder what "coming apart" means.
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It seems she's a catamaran. Thus "breaking up".
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Was she a cat? Having been a delievery capt. for a
number of years it always troubles me to see this
happen. I got out before I did something stupid, like
move a boat under timelines at the wrong time of year.

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Yeah...understand she is a 50ft. cat....wooden!
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Here are details on the vessel.
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Was she a home-built catamaran? I don't see a builder listed. Some of those home-built boats are very, very, very scary.
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The vessel was a US Coast Guard certified passenger vessel, whose construction plans were recently recertified and approved by the Coast Gaurd. The vessel was built by experienced professionals who have built multiple sister ships. It is too early to determine what occurred to cause this failure. I personally have confidence in these builders and will wait for the facts until I question the engineering of the vessel.
Today I am thankful that all parties were safe.
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