View Full Version : USCG Rescues 4 In Atlantic

01-15-2014, 01:48 PM

The Coast Guard rescued four people aboard a disabled sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean Jan. 14 approximately 300 miles east of Cape Henry, Va.

A representative from the manufacturer of the Be Good Too, a 42-foot sailboat, contacted the Coast Guard at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday, reporting the Be Good Too was disabled and adrift during its transit from New York to the British Virgin Islands.

"Last night we spoke with the Be Good Too crew and based on the forecasted weather, they decided they were willing to depart their vessel around 5 p.m. Monday," said Matthew Brooks, a Coast Guard 5th District Command Center command duty officer. "We did not want to conduct a transfer at night due to the risk of the mission and the fact that the crew was not in immediate distress."

District watchstanders determined that responding with a Coast Guard cutter was not feasible due to the distance offshore. Therefore, Coast Guard personnel contacted U.S. Fleet Forces personnel requesting a Navy vessel to assist the Coast Guard in their response. The USS Ross, a 505-foot guided missle destroyer, diverted course to provide a refueling platform for a Coast Guard helicopter.

District watchstanders dispatched crews aboard a Jayhawk helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., at approximately 6:20 a.m. to assist.

The Jayhawk crew landed on the USS Ross to refuel at approximately 7:30 a.m. and then proceeded to the location of the Be Good Too.

The Jayhawk crew completed their hoist of the four people aboard the sailboat at approximately 9:15 a.m., refueled aboard the USS Ross and took the people to the air station.


01-15-2014, 04:36 PM
Brand new boat with new owners. They took delivery after the builder circumnavigated Long Island in fairly harsh conditions.
Info here:


01-16-2014, 08:28 AM

Bit of a farce, as far as being in dire straits. Over their heads, yes, dire straits, no.

01-16-2014, 01:32 PM
I gotta know what was in the cooler....
I hope the USCG charges more for carry on luggage.

01-17-2014, 08:44 AM
More info, a first hand account by the Sail mag editor:
(Straits were more dire than originally appeared...)