The Marine Assistance Committee members are volunteers who have offered to assist the FHYC membership in non-emergency situations. The committee members are usually available to offer assistance to a fellow member who is experiencing a mechanical problem or is aground. It is unreasonable to ask them to travel more than five miles from Fairfield Harbour or to attempt assistance that should be undertaken by a professional towing service. All marine assistance personnel as well as those requiring assistance are required to wear life jackets when involved in a marine assistance mission.
Procedure to Contact the Marine Assistance Committee
It is highly recommended that you carry a cell phone to contact Marine Assistance. The telephone number for Fairfield Harbour Security is (252) 636-5566. They will call a Marine Assistance Committee member, listed elsewhere in this book.
If you fail to raise a response when phoning Fairfield Harbour Security or if you do not have a cell phone aboard, you can hail Northwest Creek Marina on channel 16 between 0730 and 1700 and ask them to phone one of the Marine Assistance Committee members. They have a list of the current members. Please leave your boat name, its location, and the best phone number to contact you.
A member of the Marine Assistance Committee will hail you on VHF radio as soon as possible to discuss your situation and determine a plan of action.
If you have an injured person aboard or your boat is in danger of sinking, call the Coast Guard on your VHF radio. If in local waters, you could ask Fairfield Harbour Security or Northwest Creek Marina to call 911. The emergency operator will contact the proper rescue service.
Commercial Towing and Coast Guard
TowBoatUS, located at Deaton Yacht Service in Oriental, provides coverage to Ocracoke. Sea Tow is based in Morehead City. Call them on Channel 16. At present, there is no commercial towing service based in the New Bern area. The Coast Guard can help find available towing service companies outside the local area. Our Coast Guard stations are located in Hobucken and at Fort Macon.