Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City rescues two from distressed sailboat

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued a man and a woman Saturday from their sailboat, 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District received an emergency alert from an emergency positioning indicating radio beacon at approximately 5 p.m. The watchstanders launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and used the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue program to identify and divert the merchant vessel Horizon Trader to assist.

The crew of the Horizon Trader arrived on scene and relayed to the Coast Guard that the crew of the sailboat were worried about the weather and requested an evacuation.

The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene and located the boaters at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday. The man and the woman were hoisted into the helicopter and taken to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.

No injuries were reported.

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