Coast Guard

OBX Ferry
1:36 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Reports Of Injuries After Ferry Accident Near Bald Head Island

The Bald Head Island Ferry, Run Aground in the Cape Fear River
Credit U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard is reporting 13 injuries after a ferry ran aground near Bald Head Island, Tuesday morning.

The 64-foot ferry was carrying 56 people went it ran aground Battery Island, an island at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, between Southport and Bald Head Island.

The Coast guard transported the passengers, by boat, back to Southport.

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Environment
4:57 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Video: Dramatic Rescue Of Teens By Coast Guard

Rescue swimmer saves teen
Credit screencapture / US Coast Guard

The Coast Guard rescued two teenaged boys yesterday. The pair were on their 16 foot Jon boat when it began taking on water.  As a result, they were stranded in North Carolina's Currituck Sound, near the Virginia border.  The vessel ended up near Navigation Marker 99. A navigation marker is a tall structure that sits in the water, and stretches above the surface of the water to mark location. The boys had climbed the structure to safety.

The Coast Guard dispatched an MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter.  Watch as the  swimmer is lowered into the water and helps a teen off of the marker:

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Military
11:38 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Watch Dramatic Atlantic Rescue By Coast Guard And Navy

Scene from Sunday rescue of Wings crew in Atlantic Ocean

Here's video of a dramatic Coast Guard and Navy rescue off the North Carolina Coast. Watch as the Coast Guard and the crew of the Navy destroyer USS Cole rescue three people Sunday. Those rescued were from a sailboat, Wings, located approximately 210 miles offshore of North Carolina coast in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Military
6:29 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Coast Guard Suspends Search For Missing Boater

Credit US Coast Guard

The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday night for a missing boater near Cape Lookout.  The man sent out a distress call Tuesday night saying that his 22-foot Bayliner was taking on water.  He said his plan was to put on his life vest, gather some supplies and swim about 200 yards to shore. 

Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill says it appears the unidentified boater was well prepared in the event of trouble

"Having a life jacket is one of the most important things to help keep that person above the water and prevent them from drowning," says Hill. 

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Military
4:05 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

VIDEO: Coast Guard Rescues Man In Sailboat 70 Miles Off Kitty Hawk

A rescue swimmer from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City trains with rescue basket from a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.
Credit US Coast Guard

A British man in a sailboat 70 miles off of Kitty Hawk was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter this morning.

Trevor Wilson, 72, requested a medevac from his 24-foot sailboat named Erma at approximately 6 a.m. He told the Coast Guard that had fallen and hit his head and been unconscious for seven hours.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Coast Guard Ship Named For NC Commander

A North Carolinian has been honored with the naming of a new Coast Guard ship. The cutter Richard Etheridge is named for the first African-American to lead a life-saving station. Commanding Officer Christian Lee says Etheridge started as a cook at the famous Pea Island Life Saving Station on the Outer Banks before working his way up to command.

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Environment
2:25 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Search Continues For Missing Tall Ship Captain

The Coast Guard is continuing its search for the missing captain of the tall ship that sank off North Carolina's coast. The replica ship HMS Bounty went down in wind and waves stirred up by Hurricane Sandy. 63-year-old Robin Walbridge has not been seen since Monday. Searchers rescued 14 of the ship's crew. One crew member died. Petty Officer Brandyn Hill is a Coast Guard spokesman. He says they look at several factors before opting to continue a search.

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