28-hour tow of disabled sailboat completed by Coast Guard

Posted at 9:31 PM, Nov 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-09 22:37:51-05

Portsmouth, Va. – At 9:00PM this evening, the US Coast Guard completed a tow of the 54-foot Zulu sailboat.

The Coast Guard towed the Zulu more than 150 miles over a 28-hour time period. The captain of the Zulu contacted Sector North Carolina watchstanders using a satellite phone at 11:30PM on Thursday, reporting the sailboat was disabled 100 miles east of the Oregon Inlet, NC. Three people were on board the vessel.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island arrived to the scene on Friday morning but due to bad weather conditions, they could not tow the Zulu until 5:30PM.

The Block Island towed the Zulu to the Chesapeake Bay, where they were met with a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Little Creek who took up the tow and moored the vessel at Cobb Marina in Norfolk.

No injuries were reported.