On 17 September 2019 at 2344 UTC (1944 EDT) an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) was detected at 35 26.1N 74 50.5W, 47 NM southeast of Oregon Inlet, NC. It was activated when the sailing vessel PUFFIN, with 4 people on board, became disabled and began taking on water. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a Mayday call prior to Coast Guard District 5 receiving the alert. Sector North Carolina asked the PUFFIN crew to activate its EPIRB, then launched a helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City (ASEC) to the SARSAT position. The helicopter arrived on scene, hoisted the sailors from the disabled vessel, and transported them to ASEC.
4 SARSAT RESCUES