Containership Crew Rescues Sailor Lost at Sea for More Than 60 Days

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew lands at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., Thursday, April 2, 2015, after medevacing a sailor who had been missing for more than 60 days. U.S. Coast Guard Photo
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew lands at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., Thursday, April 2, 2015, after medevacing a sailor who had been missing for more than 60 days. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

The crew of a containership helped rescue a man from his disabled sailboat off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina more than 60 days after he was reported missing.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth, Virginia received notification from the 1,085-foot German-flagged MV Houston Express that they spotted a man aboard a disabled boat approximately 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and took him aboard.

A helicopter crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina at approximately 3:40 p.m to meet the Houston Express. Once on scene they hoisted the man and transported him Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk.

The man, 37-year-old Louis Jordan and the sailing vessel Angel were initially reported missing by his family on January 29, exactly 63 days ago.

In a phone call with the ship’s Captain, Frank Jordan, Louis’ father, thanked him and the¬†crew for rescuing his son and for “the system we have in place”.

The Coast Guard will conduct a debrief with Jordan.