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Pair rescued from sailboat in Oregon Inlet

Posted December 2, 2008

— The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men late Monday from a disabled, 46-foot sailboat in shallow water near the jetty at Oregon Inlet.

Towboat US notified Station Oregon Inlet shortly before 8:30 p.m. Monday that the sailboat Palomar was disabled in water too shallow for them to respond, authorities said. A rescue boat crew from the station was also unable to reach the craft because of the shallow water.

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City was dispatched and hoisted the two men, Mark Smith and John Krieger, off the boat, authorities said.

The men were taken to Station Oregon Inlet, where emergency medical personnel were waiting. EMS determined the men had no health issues, and the men did not request hospitalization.

The vessel was re-floated Tuesday by Towboat US, authorities said.


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  • gt705 Dec 2, 2008

    I have fished and crabbed in that area for 37 years. You would be absolutely stupid to try to swim in those currents when you could instead stay safe and patient.

  • GravyPig Dec 2, 2008

    Water temp aside, it is just as dangerous to try and swim to the jetty. You can very easlily get injured slipping on the rocks, or being bashed against them.

  • bushisaretard Dec 2, 2008

    Killian - you should never abandon a boat that is still floating, especially into rough cold water. I know this area well - I imagine their boat was aground and probably listing with no way to free themselves. They did the right thing by waiting for a rescue.

  • MyNameIsMud Dec 2, 2008

    Water temperatures out there are reported in the low 50s, which is enough to cause hypothermia and death if they tried to swim. It's pretty smart to stay in the boat--just so ya know.

  • Killian Dec 2, 2008

    OK, wait...let me make sure I have this correct. The water was too shallow for rescue boats to come to them, but they couldn't swim in to the jetty?

    I guess Ron White was correct -- you can't fix stupid.