Coast Guard aircrew diverts from international search and rescue exercise for real-life rescue

Portuguese air force EH-101 helicopter crew rescues distressed sailors

Portuguese air force EH-101 helicopter crew rescues distressed sailors

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard assisted in a international rescue at approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday when a sailboat crew was rescued off the Azores by the Portuguese air force.

An HC-130 Hercules crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, was participating in an International Search and Rescue Exercise in the Azores when Rescue Coordination Center Lajes watchstanders on the island of Terceira, Portugal, requested the crew’s assistance in the real-life rescue.

The crew coordinated with a Portuguese air force EH-101 helicopter crew to locate and rescue the distressed sailors and escorted the helicopter to Flores Island.

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