By Outer Banks Voice on September 29, 2022
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.
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.