When You Need a 150-Mile Tow

A disabled 54-foot sailing yacht catches a 32-hour ride from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The U.S. Coast Guard towed a disabled 54-foot sailing yacht for more than 150 miles during a 32-hour period, saving the yacht from an adrift situation with three people aboard about 100 miles east of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina.

The Coast Guard Cutter Block Island arrived on the scene in heavy weather and darkness, and waited until after sunrise the following morning to begin the tow. It brought the Zulu to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, where a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Little Creek finished the tow, taking Zulu to Cobb Marina in Norfolk, Virginia. No injuries were reported.

“This multi-day response illustrates the absolute dedication of Coast Guard crews to the safety of mariners in distress,” Capt. John Little, commander of Sector Hampton Roads, stated in a news release.

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