Coast Guard Continues to Search for 4 Sailors off North Carolina

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard rescue crews from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa continue searching for four missing sailors from the 54-foot sailing vessel Flying Colours off the North Carolina coast today.

Since Monday, Coast Guard crews have searched 38,122.5 square nautical miles.

The crew, Patrick Topping, 39, Jason Franks, 34, Rhiannon Borisoff, 22, and Christine Grinavic, were sailing from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands to Annapolis, Md.

The crew is described as experienced and carried all safety and communications equipment onboard.

The vessel has been described as having a blue hull with either a green or light blue keel with white topside with teak decks and lots of stainless steel.

The search began early Monday morning when Coast Guard watch standers at the Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) in Portsmouth, Va., received an alert from the ships Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)at 3:30 a.m., the RCC lost signal contact at 7:00 a.m.

The Coast Guard continues to search the area and asks anyone who has information regarding the Flying Colours to call the Coast Guard Command Center at (757) 398-6390.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - (May 9) An HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., refuels from the Cutter Tampa off the coast of North Carolina today. The Tampa, homeported in Portsmouth, has been assisting air crews from Elizabeth City and Clearwater, Fla., in the search for the 54-foot sailboat Flying Colours and its four crewmembers since early Monday. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of the CGC Tampa PORTSMOUTH, Va. - (May 9) An HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., refuels from the Cutter Tampa off the coast of North Carolina today. The Tampa, homeported in Portsmouth, has been assisting air crews from Elizabeth City and Clearwater, Fla., in the search for the 54-foot sailboat Flying Colours and its four crewmembers since early Monday. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of the CGC Tampa

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – (May 9) An HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., refuels from the Cutter Tampa off the coast of North Carolina today. The Tampa, homeported in Portsmouth, has been assisting air crews from Elizabeth City and Clearwater, Fla., in the search for the 54-foot sailboat Flying Colours and its four crewmembers since early Monday.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of the CGC Tampa

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