Coast Guard assists disabled sailboat 60 miles off Sandy Hook

SANDY HOOK, N.J. – A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crewmember helped dewater and stabilize a sailboat with 2 people on board and taking on water 60 miles southeast of Sandy Hook, N.J., June 29, 2010.

The captain of the 35-foot sailing vessel Holo Kiki contacted Sector New York at approximately 11 a.m. via marine band radio stating the vessel was taking on water.

A Coast Guard rescue helicopter and crew from Atlantic City arrived on scene shortly after, and deployed a rescue swimmer who provided a dewatering pump, helped plugged the leak, and assisted the master with stabilizing the vessel.

A Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat rescue crew from Station Sandy Hook is escorting the Holo Kiki to the nearest safe port.

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