The United States Coast Guard is currently on a medical evacuation mission of a man who has been spotted on a broken and drifting sailing vessel on Thursday, around 200 miles beyond the coast of North Carolina. The man has been missing for 66 days. Officials at the Coast Guard’s Fifth District Command Center in Portsmouth, Virginia received a notification from a German ship, the Houston Express, this afternoon. They indicated that watchmen on the ship spotted the man and his boat 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Shortly afterwards, the ship rescued the man.
A Coast Guard helicopter, and its crew, took off from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina at 3:40 p.m. EST. The helicopter is set to rendezvous with the Houston Express in a few hours to retrieve the man and fly him to a hospital in Virginia.
Louis Jordan, the 37-year-old man was sailing is vessel, the Angel, off the coast of North Carolina when he was reported by his relatives to be missing on January 29. Upon his arrival, the Coast Guard will interview and debrief him.
By Alex Lemieux
Photo by Chief Warrant Officer Veronica Bandrowsky – Flickr License