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Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 6:18 pm

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued two men Wednesday after their sailboat, the Andante II, became disabled at 5:34 p.m. about 25 miles east of Cape Lookout.

Rescued were Jim Southward and Pat Schoenberger.

The men notified Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders that they lost engine power and steering and were taking on water.

Watchstanders deployed an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.

When the Jayhawk arrived on scene, the two men jumped into the water and swam away from their sailboat, allowing the Coast Guard crew to hoist them while avoiding the hazard of the 41-foot sailboat's mast.

"Being able to talk directly to the two sailors on marine 16 removed a lot of their uncertainty and kept them engaged through the rescue process," said Lt. Jenny Fields, the helicopter pilot who flew during the rescue. "We kept them updated of our position and our progress in devising a way to get them safely off their vessel and into the helo. The sailor’s radio discipline and effective communication with the Coast Guard throughout the day played a huge role in their rescue."

The men were hoisted into the helicopter and taken to the air station.

There are no reports of injuries.

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  • Not so fast posted at 5:12 pm on Sat, Mar 9, 2013.

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  • dc posted at 1:42 pm on Sat, Mar 9, 2013.

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    Correction: Brothers and sisters in war, in peace, and always.

  • dc posted at 1:24 pm on Sat, Mar 9, 2013.

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    Totally agree, and we'd all be in big trouble without both the USMC and the USCG. Marines and Coasties have always been tight, and for good reason. If memory serves the only Medal of Honor awarded a Coastguardsman was awarded posthumously to Signalman First Class Douglas Munro who died why serving as OIC of a detachment of landing craft in the Gaudalcanal Campaign. After ferrying the Marines to shore he determined the situation was untenable and Munro positioned his craft to provide cover while the Marines made their way back to the landing craft. Munro's last words were, "Did they get off?" Brothers in war, in peace, and always.

  • JESSM posted at 9:32 am on Sat, Mar 9, 2013.

    JESSM Posts: 26

    Coming from an old retired Marine, the men and women of the USCG are always their when needed.

  • dc posted at 2:08 pm on Fri, Mar 8, 2013.

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    Don't forget the women heroes. The helo pilot is a woman. This is routine for Coasties. Just part of the job. They were about the only agency getting the job done during Katrina.

  • JESSM posted at 10:36 pm on Thu, Mar 7, 2013.

    JESSM Posts: 26

    USCG-These men are true heros.

    I feel like Eastern NC should set aside a day to honor our Coast Guard.


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