Off the Carolina coast. Pretty much par for the course, but there’s one part of the article that I wanted to point out in particular.
After a four hour transit, in 10 to 12-foot seas and 30 knot winds, aboard their 47-foot motor life boat, Station Wrightsville Beach’s rescue crew arrived on scene at 12:00 a.m., and took the sailboat in tow.
Emphasis is mine. Now, if you’ve never been on a 47-footer, it is not a big boat. To say that it is a “tight fit” is putting it nicely. Four hours in that boat on smooth as glass sea would be a long time, to say nothing of 10 foot seas and 30 knot winds.
The 47 is a great rescue implement – in fact it’s one of the toughest little boats ever made. Four hours on that boat in that kind of weather takes a special kind of person – a person called a Coastie.
BM1 Schwalm and his crew get a hearty Bravo Zulu for their successful rescue.