It’s not often that we get to experience a close-up view of a Coast Guard rescue, but a video released by the Coast Guard gives us exactly that, showing a North Carolina man being plucked from the sea March 6 off Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Rescued was Patrick Small, of North Carolina. Two other men, Walter and Steve Tate, also of North Carolina, remain missing. The Coast Guard called off the search for them the next day.
The men were aboard the fishing vessel Seafarer when it became disabled, the Coast Guard reported in a news release. The Seafarer’s sister ship, the Capt. Alex, started towing the Seafarer, but lost the tow when weather conditions worsened, according to the news release.
The silent video offers a chilling glimpse of the dangerous seas Coast Guardsmen jump into in the course of their job.
In an interview with our good friends at WUSA-TV in Washington, Small describes the harrowing ordeal, saying that at one point a wave overtook the Seafarer and smashed the cabin.
A Coast Guardsman also interviewed by the television station said the sea conditions during the rescue were some of the worst he has seen in his 20-year career.