Saturday, November 16, 2013

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1893.. This is Crisfield at 30; 1977.. What's the newest equipment for the Pocomoke City Police Department?; 1892.. Look who's visiting New Church; 1893.. Only brick allowed for new Snow Hill business district construction; 1964.. Pocomoke High School winners named in Civil War relics contest.

Although you may not find these items in a history book, they are a part of our local history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye! 

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about? It can be just a line or two, or more if you wish. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Friday, November 15, 2013


Team Britt's Support Our Troops Project

Team Britt will be at Enchanted Florist open house collecting any item or money donations. The holidays are coming and so many will not be home with families. Let's continue to show our love and support!! 

Items we could use are....both male and female items. 

Disposable razors
Tooth brushes tooth paste
Chapsticks! Lots! 
Cough drops
Q tips
Foot powder
Shoe inserts
Long underwear, all sizes
Beanie hats-black
Gum/mints-cause lots of those course
Trail mix
Beef jerky
Drink mixes...powder drink mixes (lots of these all favors) 
New magazines
Small handheld games to play 
Anything fun to play with really. 
Letters/pictures of thanks from you and your children
Cash donations are always appreciated for shipping costs or to purchase items needed or requested!! 

Largest Nighttime Christmas Parade Coming Soon

Monday night, December 2nd, 2013, We will celebrate our 41st year as Pocomoke City will be transformed into a “Winter Wonderland” as Pocomoke City plays host to one of Delmarva’s largest nighttime Christmas parades. 

Always held on the first Monday night after Thanksgiving, the Pocomoke parade has become an Eastern Shore tradition and will attract over 100 units from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia along with thousands of spectators.

Each year the parade features marching bands representing high and middle schools from seven counties in three states. Also featured will be beautifully decorated and lighted floats entered by schools, civic organizations, churches, and commercial enterprises.

Clowns, marching units, fire departments, equestrian units, and of course Santa Claus will round out the two-hour event, slated to kick-off at 7:00 p.m. sharp. The route will take the parade north on Market Street beginning at 14th Street and ending at the Pocomoke River.

Professional judges, including members of the National Judges Association (NJA), will score entries in 10 different categories. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded immediately following the event to the top entries in each category.

A special thanks to the community of Pocomoke City and surrounding areas for the recent support given to us to continue this great tradition that has been a part of the town for over 40 years.

In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be postponed until Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

For more info...

Studio Day at the Chamber Of Comerce This Saturday

Studio Day at the Chamber
 and Free Workshop

With artist and photographer 
Robin Spalding

Saturday,  November 16, 2013
10 am to 3 pm

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Honey Suckle Painted Cottage Now OPEN

Honeysuckle Painted Cottage
Clarke Avenue
Pocomoke City, Maryland

Honeysuckle Painted Cottage is open today from
 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM.

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1893.. This is Crisfield at 30; 1977.. What's the newest equipment for the Pocomoke City Police Department?; 1892.. Look who's visiting New Church; 1893.. Only brick allowed for new Snow Hill business district construction; 1964.. Pocomoke High School winners named in Civil War relics contest.

Although you may not find these items in a history book, they are a part of our local history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye! 

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about? It can be just a line or two, or more if you wish. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Liberal Special Interest Groups Oppose Economic Relief for Middle-Class Families

November 13, 2013
Steve Crim
ANNAPOLIS Special interest groups outlined their opposition to proposed tax cuts that would provide economic relief for struggling middle-class families, in an article published Sunday by the Baltimore Sun.  Much of their arguments were based on the need for government revenue.
"After seven years of tax and fee hikes, Maryland's working families are struggling more than ever.  For years, the governor and his special interest groups have argued that a small tax or fee increase won't hurt anybody's bottom line.  But, the cumulative effect of all those increases have had a devastating effect on the budgets of those who can least afford it," charged Larry Hogan, Chairman of the non-partisan grassroots organization Change Maryland. "Next year's election year politics mean that we may finally see some relief for these families and the far-left special interest groups aren’t happy."
Hogan's comments come on the heels of reports that the same lawmakers who increased over 40 taxes and fees have done an about face and are looking to cut some taxes like the corporate income tax and the much reviled "rain tax." Both Senate President Mike Miller and Speaker of the House Mike Busch have indicated they would consider tax cuts next year as a mean to improve job growth and Maryland’s flailing economy.
"Every four years, these politicians have an epiphany that tax relief will create jobs and grow the economy.  Then, once re-elected, they do just the opposite," said Hogan.  "Now, if the far-left special interest groups have their way, middle-class families won’t even get a brief election year respite."
Environmental and health care groups, as well as key legislators in the General Assembly have warned against tax relief for Marylanders saying that any reduction in revenue will hurt their pet projects.  Governor O’Malley has also indicated that he will not push for middle class economic relief next year.
"The time has come for our state government to reign in spending," Hogan continued. "We wouldn't need these outrageous taxes if our lawmakers were able to fund projects efficiently. Instead, their M.O. is to continually throw money at a problem, without regard to how it's spent. By dialing down the taxes and spending more efficiently, we would be able to fund all our worthy causes without putting even more pressure on taxpayers."

SOURCES: Advocates line up in defense of Maryland taxes The Baltimore Sun, November 10, 2013

Nassawadox Man Charged With Rape In Northampton Circuit Court

Northampton County Circuit Court 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
By Wesley Edwards

In Northampton County Circuit court Tuesday, Hebrew Finney of Nassawadox Va. was charged with rape of a eleven year old girl. Mr. Finney was found guilty by a bench trial on April 15, 2013.

Several family members, mother, aunt, and sister were all witnesses for Mr. Finney telling the court that since incarceration in April 2013 Mr. Finney had changed.

The Commonwealth pointed out that Mr. Finney had a long record of alcohol abuse and should be punished for this forcible rape. 

Judge Lewis said to the defendant that even though this was his first felony that the crime of forcible rape of an 11-year-old young girl exposed him to a life sentence in prison but he was going to give him 33 years and eight months with 20 years suspended and the suspension would be hanging over the defendants head for the full 20 years.

John Knapp
of New Jersey was charged with reckless driving. 

On the afternoon of April 26, 2012 on the southbound side of Highway 13 just before the tollbooth Mr. Knapp was clocked at 101 mph in a 55 mph zone. Mr. Knapp, a New Jersey police officer, was off duty and going to visit family in Virginia Beach. With a speedometer calibration certification presented showing a 3 mile-per-hour correction the charges was reduced by judge Lewis to 98 mph in a 55 mile-per-hour zone. Judge Lewis explained to Mr. Knapp that the signs on the bridge were very clearly marked therefore he sentenced Mr. Knapp to 30 days all suspended with a stern warning plus a $1500.00 fine.


Turkey Shoot ~ Saxis Volunteer Fire/Rescue

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Festive Weekend of Gift Buying at H & H Furniture

Enchanted Florist Business After Hours

Business After Hours at 
Enchanted Florist

Downtown  Pocomoke City

Thursday,  November  14
5 pm to 7 pm

Eastern Shore States Merging?

Interesting article....

Could there be the state of Delmarva? 

Would you like to live in the state of Delmarva? According to a report on WBOC-TV, some Maryland legislators favor pursuing a scenario where the Maryland Eastern Shore counties would merge with the lower two counties of Delaware and Accomack and Northampton Counties of Virginia to form another state.

This isn't new as the Eastern Shore counties of Maryland have been dreaming of leaving Maryland for years. Eastern Shore of Maryland residents have long resented control of the state by the metro Baltimore counties and lower Delaware residents have likewise grown weary of a state that's politically controlled by Kent County in the Wilmington area.

In Virginia, most of the rural counties including the Eastern Shore trend conservative but Northern Virginia, Metro Richmond and Norfolk generally lean liberal. In the last several elections, Virginia has moved from a strong red to purple or even blue with these areas generally controlling the elections.

The report on WBOC quoted a Maryland Senator Richard Coburn and a Delaware resident but did not quote anyone from Virginia's Eastern Shore on the matter. While its quite unlikely to happen, the divide demonstrates the overall national political battle between those who want less government versus those who look to the government to solve all of their problems.

Maryland also has problems in its western region. Five counties in western Maryland have discussed breaking off from the rest of the state. 


Mar-Va Theater This Weekend

Friday, November 15th 
Saturday, November 16th

Tickets: $5

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Change Maryland on LG Brown's Veterans tax relief plan: Where’s the follow through?

November 12, 2013
Steve Crim

ANNAPOLIS - Lt. Governor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown issued a proposal yesterday - Veterans Day - to exempt military retirement income from Maryland taxes.  In 2010, as a candidate for lieutenant governor, Brown vocally opposed the same proposal.

Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan blasted Brown's hypocrisy: "Four years ago, this Lieutenant Governor stood before all Marylanders at a press conference and criticized this very proposal," he said.  "Not only did his administration not cut taxes for veterans for seven years, Brown and other tax and spend politicians raised taxes forty consecutive times, further burdening struggling veterans. Now, as he looks to succeed his political mentor, Anthony Brown is finally ready to talk cuts. Our veterans deserve better than a Governor who is only in their corner when it's politically convenient."

Touting tax relief in an election year is old-hat for Brown, who joined Governor O’Malley in promising no new taxes on the campaign trail in 2010. However when the duo won reelection, they pushed for the most regressive taxes we have seen in recent history, which have taken billions out of Maryland's economy.

"Yesterday's proposal from Anthony Brown is nothing new," Hogan continued.  "It is a plan that has stalled in Annapolis for nearly eight years. At any point during his seven year tenure as lieutenant governor, Brown could have followed through and championed this issue. Instead, he did nothing - except raise more taxes."
"For over seven years the O'Malley-Brown Administration ignored the needs of Marylanders, including the men and women who serve our country," said Hogan. "Now, during an election year, we're supposed to believe that Brown and others like him view veterans as a priority. But if history is any indication of what Brown would do as governor, it's obvious that our veterans, and Maryland as a whole, can't afford another four years of broken promises and failed policies." 

Change Maryland is the state's largest grassroots political organization. Under the leadership of successful businessman and former Ehrlich Cabinet secretary Larry Hogan, the group has exploded to over 60,000 Democrats, Republicans, and Independents from every county in the state, advocating for fiscal responsibility and common sense policies in Annapolis.


Ehrlich pushes 'no-brainer' military tax exemption
The Washington Post, August 24, 2010

O'Malley thanks voters, says no new taxes next year
The Washington Post, November 3, 2010

O'Malley/Brown/Gansler Double Down on Rain Tax

November 12, 2013
Steve Crim

ANNAPOLIS – According to recent news reports, the Maryland Department of Environment and the Attorney General's office have warned counties who have not implemented the rain tax that they will face heavy fines for not complying with state law.  These "non-complying" counties have found alternative funding sources for projects aimed at reducing stormwater runoff.

"The rain tax has outraged Marylanders across the state, and leaders smart enough to realize the unpopularity of this tax have found alternative ways to fund their priority projects.  For the state to force these jurisdictions to implement a rain tax just proves this is another money grab by the O'Malley-Brown Administration," said Change Maryland Chairman, Larry Hogan.  "The Attorney General is just as culpable as the O'Malley-Brown Administration on this issue."

In a letter released last Tuesday, the state attorney general's office notified officials in Carroll and Frederick Counties that they were in violation of the 2012 law imposing the rain tax, or stormwater management fee, and could face action from the state if they charge an "insufficient" tax.  In addition to the letter from the attorney general’s office, the Maryland Department of Environment has also warned these counties that they could face thousands of dollars in fines: up to $10,000 per day in Carroll, and up to $32,500 per day in Frederick.

"Everyone wants a clean and healthy Chesapeake Bay," Hogan reiterated on Wednesday. "But this most recent missive from the administration proves that this is more about increasing people's taxes than protecting our Bay. It's time for us to start electing real leaders who will fund important projects like cleaning up the Bay without breaking the backs of taxpayers."

In Carroll County, Commissioners invested $20 million in stormwater control projects with existing property taxes, rather than levying an additional tax.  In Frederick County, officials set aside $3 million in the county budget for stormwater clean-up. 

The rain tax is just one of forty consecutive tax hikes that have been levied by the O'Malley-Brown Administration since 2007 that have taken over $9.5 billion out of the Maryland economy and are projected to cost taxpayers $20 billion by 2018. 



Parksley's Ole Fashion Christmas

PJ Party At The MarVA

Registration Deadline Is Friday !

Coast Guard, Navy Rescue 3 From Disabled Sailboat

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and the crew of the Navy destroyer USS Cole rescued three people Sunday from the disabled 38-foot sailboat Wings approximately 210 miles offshore of North Carolina in the Atlantic Ocean.

Coast Guard Fifth District watchstanders initially received a call Friday from a commercial towing company who were relaying a request for assistance via a satellite phone on behalf of the crew of the Wing. 

The crew of the Wing reported they were not in distress and had plenty of provisions aboard but had lost their rudder.

At approximately 8 a.m. Sunday, the crew of the Wings contacted Coast Guard watchstanders to discuss options, and in light of the worsening weather, the decision was made to conduct a rescue.
Watchstanders launched crews aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.

The watchstanders also contacted the Navy who diverted the USS Cole toward the location of the Wings.

At approximately 10 a.m., the Jayhawk crew hoisted the three people from the Wings and dropped them off on the Cole.  The Jayhawk crew then flew to another distress call that was determined to be a non-distress situation.

Returning to the Cole, the Jayhawk retrieved the three rescued people and took them to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. 

There are no reports of injuries.

Sketch Released In Cherrystone Sexual Assault

The Northampton County Sheriffs Department has released a sketch of a man wanted for a sexual assault at the Cherrystone Campground Halloween weekend. The assault was by a man wearing a Halloween mask and occurred at a bath house. Deputies said the victim did not know her assailant.

The suspect is said to be in his early twenties. He is described as being 5ft 8 in tall, slender, with blond hair and acne on his face.

If anyone has any information that could help the investigation, call the Northampton County Sheriffs Department at 757-678-0458.


Monday, November 11, 2013

Christmas Open House

Coast Guard Completes 28-hour Tow of Disabled Sailboat

Photo/ US Coast Guard
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard completed a tow of the disabled 54-foot sailboat Zulu at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday.

Coast Guard assets towed the Zulu more than 150 miles over a 28-hour period.

The captain aboard the Zulu initially contacted Sector North Carolina watchstanders via satellite phone at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, reporting the sailboat was disabled and adrift with three people aboard approximately 100 miles east of Oregon Inlet, N.C.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island arrived on scene Friday morning, but due to heavy weather conditions could not take the Zulu into a tow until approximately 5:30 p.m.

The Block Island towed the Zulu to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, where a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Little Creek took up the tow and moored the vessel at Cobb Marina in Norfolk.

"This multi-day response illustrates the absolute dedication of Coast Guard crews to the safety of mariners in distress," said Capt. John Little, commander of Sector Hampton Roads.

No injuries were reported. 

U.S. Coast Guard

Veteran's Day

Thanking those who have served and those who continue to serve in protecting this great Nation!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

TIME MACHINE ... 1960, 1977, 1891, 1894, 1971

(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)

May, 1960

John F. Kennedy campaigns in Salisbury.

It was May, 14, 1960, three days before Maryland's 1960 presidential primary, and John F. Kennedy made a swing through the Eastern Shore with his agenda including an appearance in Salisbury before the Wicomico Democratic Women's Club at Johnny And Sammy's Restaurant and a walk through downtown. Accompanied by state and local office holders and other party supporters the young Senator from Massachusetts seemed to carry an aura of a Hollywood celebrity, or rock star. As far as security arrangements for the presidential candidate's Salisbury visit- a sign of those times- there were none. As a courtesy, Salisbury police did provide some traffic control assistance for the motorcade. -tk

(Excerpts- The Salisbury Times- May 16. 1960)

By Dick Moore
(Of The Times Staff)

Kennedy, "The Candidate," came to Salisbury.

He left, one hour and 45 minutes later, as Kennedy"The man."

At least, that's the reaction of most partisan Democrats, male or female.

And it seemed to be the reaction of most all females, Democrat, Republican, or independent.

The more elderly Democratic women tittered like teenagers when they saw him Saturday. Some restrained impulse to reach out and touch him.

Others were not so restrained, They laid their hands on his arms, and grinned their toothiest. In return they received the warm Kennedy smile, still a boyish grin, yet fully masculine on the square face and under the shock of hair.

Under the personal convoy of Sen. Mary L. Nock of Wicomico County, he was led into Johnny And Sammy's Restaurant after brief greetings outside among a couple hundred assorted Democrats, from Little Leaguers in full baseball regalia to bobbysoxers, party faithful, and the ever present curious women.

As the women filed by him, serious faced Kennedy seemed to be taking a good look at each one- the smiling faces, the colorful hats and the corsages. Then his smile broke on them and they left like "new women."

"Isn't he just wonderful?" exclaimed Mrs. Ruth White, a party veteran.

It was the same with most of them as Kennedy wove his magic.
(following the restaurant visit) .... the caravan moved downtown where Kennedy alighted in front of the County Trust Bank and began to shake hands.

He walked west on Main Street with an easy gait, introducing himself to all who came by. Some pedestrians rushed up to greet him. Others held back, some in disbelief that here was a candidate for president right before their eyes.

To a small boy's request to buy a poppy, Kennedy pointed to one already is his lapel.

To a crippled man who hobbled a hundred or more feet from behind to catch up and shake Kennedy's hand, the senator said, "Thanks for catching up."

Teenagers gathered- especially girl teenagers. But (Senator) Joseph Tydings, Kennedy's big man in Maryland, kept them at arm's length in an effort to stop the demand for autographs. Occasionally one slipped by though, and the senator obliged.

Crossing Main Street for a walk up the north side, Kennedy was grabbed by young John Hess and taken through a quick tour of his store. By then time was running out. The big Kennedy plane was being reved up a for takeoff at Salisbury Wicomico County Airport to take him to his Maryland finale at the University Of Maryland Saturday night.

A hotel room was obtained at the Wicomico Hotel so the Senator could make some phone calls. Then still looking like a sun-tanned young executive just home from a vacation rather than a political candidate in the midst of a great campaign to meet people, he walked across the street to Central Drug Company for a quiet soft drink and a hot dog. Customers gathered to stare. The store-keeper, Dr. Irvin Kamanitz, seemed pleased with his guest. Finally, the clock ran out. The Eastern Shore tour beginning early Saturday at Elkton was over. He had visited in Centreville, Easton, and Cambridge, shaking hands, making brief speeches, talking to people.

Primaries, he said, give the candidates this chance. The people should know the candidates. They shouldn't be picked in a smoke-filled hotel room.

Maryland and Eastern Shore reaction to Kennedy's invasion of the state- the reaction that counts- will come tomorrow in the primary.

June, 1977
(The Derrick- Oil City, Pa.)

Graduates From Dental School

Richard L. McNamara II, son of Dr. and Mrs. L.B. McNamara of 5 Pinoak Circle, graduated from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dentistry recently.

He plans to open a practice soon in Pocomoke City, Md.

He received the Zugsmith Award for general excellence through four years of dental school.

He graduated in 1965 from Cranberry High School and in 1969 from Grove City College.

McNamara served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard. He attained the rank of lieutenant junior grade.

His wife is the former Peggy Jean Evans of Lewisburg, W.Va.

Footnote: The young Dr. McNamara joined the dental practice of Dr. Leon Meinster on Second Street and continued the practice, moving to his current Vine Street location, when Dr. Meinster retired.

March, 1891
(The Daily News- Frederick, Md.)

The lastest enterprise on the Eastern Shore of Maryland is a marriage bureau. The inhabitants pronounce it a very "pat" way of furthering matramonial projects.


April, 1894
(Peninsula Enterprise- Accomac Court House, Va.)

T. V. Rhea & Co., the lightning rod men who worked the Shore last year, and to the satisfaction, we believe, of their patrons, are again with us, with their headquarters at Onancock. They return with three wagons and say "they are better equipped for their business now than ever before, as they have found what it takes to stand the salt water air and have brought it." They solicit your patronage.

May, 1971 (Time Machine archive)

17-year-old Becky Culp was named Miss Pocomoke for 1971 with Peggy L. Richardson placing as first runner up in the annual competition sponsored by the Pocomoke Junior Woman's Club. Five-year-old Sharon Yvonne Daugherty was crowned Little Miss Pocomoke and Terri Anne Christian was runner up.

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about? It can be just a line or two, or more if you wish. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!


(November 7, 2013) – The Ocean City Police Department is warning citizens of a current telephone scam targeting local Delmarva Power customers, particularly businesses. The scammer will claim to be calling from the Delmarva Power “Disconnection Center”.

The scammer will explain that the victim’s power would be shut off unless a past due balance was paid. Victims are then instructed to buy a Greendot MoneyPak card and add the past due amount onto the card or asked to provide a credit card number.

Citizens are reminded that Delmarva Power will not contact customers about late payments until first notifying the customer by mail.

Citizens with information are asked to contact the Ocean City Police Department at 410-723-6610.

Ocean City Police Dept.

Accomack County Circuit Court Hearings

Accomack County Circuit Court
 Thursday, November 7,  2013
By Wesley Edwards

 David Marsh, charged with possession and the transporting obscene items pled guilty to a reduced charge. On or about August 6, 2012 Mr. Marsh's Apple iPod was found with pictures of children and adults in compromising situations. Because of questionable evidence the charges were reduced to a class I misdemeanor. The defendant pleaded guilty under the reduced charges. Judge Revell Lewis III sentenced Mr. Marsh to six months with all but four days suspended for two years. The defendant was told to report by 5 PM Friday for his jail time.

William Nelson was charged with distribution of cocaine. Nelson was arrested on January 3, 2013 at his residence with the help of an informant and the drug task force. He was indicted by a grand jury in June. Judge Lewis continued the case until February pending the preparation of a presentence report.

Noe Escalante Velasquez faced multiple charges, one hit-and-run, charge two unauthorized use of a vehicle, charge three driving with a revoked drivers license, and charge four of driving to close. Valasquez pled guilty to all charges with the help of an interpreter. In addition to the charges pending is a deportation motion. The defendant fled the scene on foot but was tracked after the accident by motor vehicle registration to Dreamland trailer park where he was arrested. Due to questions about the defendants arrest record judge Lewis continued this case until next Thursday so the records could be cleared up.

Asia Woolford was charged with grand larceny and shoplifting in December 2012 at the Walmart in Onley. The defendant and her boyfriend brought their own Walmart bags and filled them pushing their cart outside without going through checkout. Ms. Woolford ran across the street to Shore Lodge where she lived and was subsequently arrested. Ms. Woolford was told that she was going to jail for this event and should make arrangements for child care while this case was pending a presentence report for February 3, 2014.


Coast Guard Rescues 4, Assists Others Off Va., NC Coasts

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard, with the assistance of the Navy, saved four lives and responded to a total of five sailboats in distress off the Atlantic Coast Thursday and Friday.

Coast Guard assets and personnel involved in Thursday and Friday's search, rescue and vessel assists were crews aboard two HC-130 Hercules airplanes and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island, a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Atlantic Beach, N.C., a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet, N.C., and the command center personnel of the 5th Coast Guard District and Sector North Carolina.

In the first case, crewmembers aboard the 41-foot sailboat, Ahimsa, participating in the Salty Dawg Rally, sent out a distress signal via a satellite tracking device, stating that they were taking on water approximately 230 miles east of Virginia Beach and were in need of assistance.

5th District watchstanders launched crews aboard a Hercules airplane to search and a Jayhawk helicopter to perform the rescue. Watchstanders also contacted the Navy, who diverted the USS Vella Gulf to assist.

At approximately 11 p.m., the Jayhawk crew arrived at the Vella Gulf's location and refuled aboard the ship.  Proceeding from the Vella Gulf, the Jayhawk hoisted four people from the Ahimsa at approximately 1:30 a.m., and took the boaters back to Air Station Elizabeth City, where they declined medical treatment.

In a second case, crewmembers aboard the 38-foot sailboat Nyapa, participating in the Salty Dawg Rally, sent out a distress signal via a satellite tracking device stating that they had lost their mast and were taking on water approximately 275 miles east of Virginia Beach and were in need of assistance.

5th District Watchstanders diverted the first Hercules crew from the Ahimsa case to search for the Nyapa, but were unable to locate the boat.  A HC-130 crew from the air station launched at approximately 10 p.m., and utilizing new information recieved from the coordinator of the Salty Dawg Rally, located the Nyapa and established communications.

A crewmember aboard the Nyapa stated they had 4 people aboard and confirmed they lost their mast, but no one was injured and they were continuing south via motors and no longer needed assistance.

In a third case, 5th District watchstanders received an alert from an emergency position indicating radio beacon registered the sailboat Aurora.  The alert positioned the Aurora 230 miles east of Elizabeth City, N.C.  

Both Hercules crews searched the area but were unable to locate the boat.  The crew of a nearby sailboat, the Dreamreach, responded to the Coast Guard's radio broadcasts inquiring the after Aurora, stating that they had been in contact with the vessel and that the Aurora was not in distress and were heading to Bermuda.

In a fourth case, crewmembers aboard the sailboat Brave Heart, located approximately 50 miles southeast of Ocracoke Inlet, N.C., contacted Sector North Carolina watchstanders, reporting a 67-year-old man aboard had a arm injury. 

Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet crew aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat to attempt a medevac.  Once on scene, the MLB was unable to conduct the medevac due to adverse weather conditions. 

The Coast Guard Cutter Block Island was dispatched to escort the Brave Heart into Beaufort, N.C., but was diverted to assist with another case with a disabled sailboat.  Watchstanders established a communication schedule with the Brave Heart and planned to send a crew from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon to escort the Brave Heart in, but crewmembers aboard the Brave Heart stated they no longer needed Coast Guard assistance.

In a fifth case, crewmembers aboard the 54-foot sailboat, Zulu, located approximately 100 miles east of Oregon Inlet, N.C., contacted Sector North Carolina watchstanders via satellite phone, reporting that they were disabled and adrift.  The Cutter Block Island crew arrived on scene and is preparing to set up a tow to bring the Zulu back to shore.

U.S. Coast Guard