Updated May 4: The Coast Guard Sector North Carolina restored radio communication capabilities today. Repairs were completed at approximately 4 a.m.
An HC-130 Hercules airplane was launched Thursday night to monitor radio communications in the North Carolina Captain of the Port Zone until repairs were completed.
WILMINGTON— May 3 Coast Guard Sector North Carolina reported a loss of radio communication capability Thursday.
In a press release issued Thursday night, the Coast Guard said it cannot monitor radio traffic offshore but gave no reasons why. The agency urges mariners to use extreme caution throughout the North Carolina Captain of the Port Zone.
Mariners are reminded to check all safety equipment, carry a fully charged cell phone and file a float plan with a friend or family member before getting underway.
If in distress, mariners should attempt to call Sector North Carolina at 910-343-3880.
A C-130 will be launched Thursday night to monitor communications in the North Carolina COTP Zone, but this temporary solution is not sustainable. The estimated time of repair is unknown, but the Coast Guard is developing a radio coverage plan in the event repairs cannot be fixed for an extended period.