Vessel from which four mariners were rescued grounds near Oregon Inlet

By on September 29, 2022

S/V Katalyst on the beach near north end of Oregon Inlet. (NPS Photo.)

Update from the National Park Service: An unoccupied 30-foot catamaran named the Katalyst grounded yesterday afternoon (Sept. 29) near the north end of Oregon Inlet. Prior to the grounding at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, multiple passengers were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The National Park Service is consulting with the U.S. Coast Guard and working with the owner to have the vessel removed from the beach. Visitors should avoid the area until the sailing vessel is removed in the coming days.


Coast Guard rescues four in heavy seas

(US Coast Guard Oregon Inlet)

On its Facebook page, the U.S. Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet posted this account of the dramatic rescue of four mariners on Sept. 29.

On Sept. 29, CG Station Oregon Inlet responded to a report of 4 mariners aboard the S/V CATALYST caught in heavy seas and unable to make way to safe haven. The CG 47258 and CG 47251 responded, with the 47258 directly responding to the distressed mariners and the 47251 conducting a bar standby to ensure the safety of the entire evolution.

Due to the weather conditions, the mariners anchored the CATALYST outside of the Oregon Inlet Bar and the crew of the 47258 recovered the 4 mariners after they abandoned ship. Midway through the evolution, the anchor line snapped, and the CATALYST rapidly began drifting onto the bar. The coxswain expertly maneuvered the 47258 into the surf zone to recover the remaining mariners and proceeded to return to the station.

All mariners are reminded to maintain awareness of current and forecasted weather conditions to ensure the safety of their vessel and crew.

Visit U.S. Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet Facebook page to watch a video of the rescue.






  • Manteoer

    I appreciate the Coast Gaurd and all they do to keep mariners safe. I makes me angry to hear of folks who make irresponsible decisions which put the men and woman of the Coast Gaurd in danger.

    For those of you who will say it was an accident and these folks were on the way into safe harbor; they should have taken safe harbor 24 if not 48 hours ago!

    Thursday, Sep 29 @ 7:34 pm
  • Travis

    You always should hear the other side of the story, but at first blush the captain and crew of the CATALYST would appear to be morons of the first order. How do you not know a hurricane is lurking and creating extremely hazardous sailing conditions. They put the lives of those Coast Guard personnel at risk needlessly.
    If they were transiting and their engine broke or there was some mechanical issue, that would be a different story entirely. But nothing from the CG’s release seems to indicate anything except mortally poor judgement.

    Thursday, Sep 29 @ 8:13 pm
  • Alf

    They should get a massive bill for their rescue as a reward for being so ignorant.

    Friday, Sep 30 @ 4:49 am
  • Johnny B Good

    The moral of the story is, don’t go out in the water during a big blow!

    Friday, Sep 30 @ 6:26 am
  • Manteobxr

    Two things you can absolutely count on in life.
    2. Sailboaters in hurricanes getting in trouble. I suggest they buy a radio.

    Friday, Sep 30 @ 7:29 am
  • Liz

    My first thought was, “Good grief, why?”
    One thing about a hurricane, there’s plenty of warning. It’s not like a tornado that occurs with little or notice. People have days and days to track a hurricane and plan accordingly.

    It’s hard for me to believe that, in this day and age, there was no radio? I’m clueless about such things, but if they were able to send out a distress signal, doesn’t that mean they did have a radio?

    In any case, thank you Coasties!

    Friday, Sep 30 @ 9:14 am
  • Nosey OBXer

    Happy to hear the people are safe. Hopefully they learned a lesson. Thankful for the US Coastguard.

    Friday, Sep 30 @ 10:05 am
  • olin hardy

    thank you the USCG

    Friday, Sep 30 @ 12:05 pm
  • Greg

    To ManteoObxr. There are more power boaters than sailors rescued by the USCG. The good sailor in a properly equipped boat can be make way without fuel and or a broken down engine. This inexperienced group obviously did not pay attention to the weather forecast which is a common problem among many boaters both power and sail.

    Friday, Sep 30 @ 1:04 pm
  • manteobxr

    @ GREG “The good sailor in a properly equipped boat can be make way without fuel and or a broken down engine. ” and there you have it, nicely quoted , by another that overestimates their ability to beat the ocean. Coincidentally, there are a lot more power boats, than sailboats, at least in this region. I’ll keep my eyes open for the reports.

    Friday, Sep 30 @ 3:22 pm
  • shucks

    Guess they could have just stayed on the boat and it would have made it’s way to the beach

    Friday, Sep 30 @ 3:35 pm
  • Jeremy

    Maybe just stick to the Intercoastal Waterway next time. The ocean seems like a timesaver, but not in this case.

    Friday, Sep 30 @ 4:43 pm
  • C A

    Great job by our Coast Guard, these men and women serve nobly. Thankfully nobody was lost and everyone was brought in to safety.

    Monday, Oct 3 @ 8:11 am
  • Cam

    We need to hear more about this story. Why is there silence on WHAT happened? This happened last Thursday and we still know nothing.

    As usual the Coasties do themselves proud!

    Monday, Oct 3 @ 6:57 pm