The Coast Guard rescued two sailors after their 49-foot sailing vessel began taking on water approximately 30 miles east off the coast of Cape Hatteras, Monday, According to a Coast Guard news release.
At approximately 3 a.m., a crewmember aboard the Devil Slander contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina and reported that they were disabled, adrift, taking on water and in need of assistance.
Watchstanders at the sector diverted the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island from their transit to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore along with a good samaritan.
A rescue and assistance team from the Block Island was launched aboard the cutter?s small boat to aid the sailors. Two crewmembers from the team boarded the Devil Slander and were able to control the flooding and use the emergency dewatering pump they delivered to remove the water from the boat?s bilge.
The flooding damaged the sailing vessel?s electrical system, which kept the engine from starting.
A multiple Coast Guard unit towing evolution was required to get the Devil Slander to the safe haven of Beaufort.