Coast Guard Reports Short Interruption in NC Offshore Radio Communications

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US Coast Guard Sector North Carolina logo

On Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 9:32pm, US Coast Guard Sector North Carolina reported a loss of radio communication capability. By Friday, May 4, 2018, at 4am, communication was restored.

For a short time overnight, the Coast Guard could not monitor radio traffic offshore and urged mariners to use extreme caution throughout the North Carolina Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone. If in distress during the interruption, mariners were asked to call Sector North Carolina at 910.343.3880.

A general reminder was included with boating advice:

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.

The Coast Guard launched an HC-130 Hercules airport on Thursday night to monitor communications in the North Carolina COTP Zone as a temporary solution, not knowing at that point how long it would take for repairs. Repairs were completed at approximately 4am Friday.

The US Coast Guard Sector North Carolina motto is, in Latin,  Aliorum Vitae Supra Nostram; translated to English: Their Lives Above Ours. For more information on Coast Guard activities off the NC coast, visit

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