The Coast Guard responded to two sailboats in distress on Wednesday amidst foul weather.
During the first call, crewmembers aboard the 34-foot sailboat Basta contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center watchstanders at approximately 5:00 p.m. reporting their boat was experiencing engine trouble and they were unable to raise their sails or lower anchor six miles southeast of Ship Shoal Inlet.
A 45-foot response boat was dispatched from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles and an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., was sent to assist.
The boat had to eventually return to base due to the 12-foot seas they were experiencing.
The Jayhawk crew arrived at the sailboat at approximately 6:45 p.m. but due to the 40-knot winds and 12-foot seas, the helicopter was unable to hoist the crewmembers from the sailboat.
A crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Little Creek, Va., and a crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Horse, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Portsmouth arrived on scene at approximately 9 p.m and was not able to get the Basta in tow.
The RB-M crew from Station Little Creek arrived on scene at approximately 10 p.m. and was unable to get the Basta in tow.
One crewmember aboard the Basta was injured, and the other was unable to connect the towline.
The Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City lowered a rescue swimmer, who was able to get aboard the sailboat and secure a tow line.
The RB-M crew towed the boat to a pier at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek where the two Basta crewmembers were evaluated by an ambulance crew.
In the second call, crewmembers aboard the 36-foot sailboat, Silver Mists, contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center watchstanders at approximately 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, reporting their boat hit a submerged object, and their boat was taking on water in the Chesapeake Bay near the Reedville Airport in Reedville.
Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders dispatched a crew aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat from Coast Guard Station Milford Haven to assist. The UTB crew arrived on scene, transferred the four people from the sailboat onto the Coast Guard boat and took the people shore side in Reedsville, where they stayed in a hotel overnight and arranged for TowBoat U.S. to recover the sailboat Thursday.