Coast Guard looking for sailboat, crew

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is looking for a sailboat and its two-person crew who was last heard from around noon Friday near Plum Island in Newbury, Mass.

Coast Guard Sector Boston received a call Saturday from the wife of John Holton, the owner of the sailboat Elan, reporting she lost cell phone communication with her husband and his crewman, Roger Larue, after they began experiencing engine problems.

The crew was expected in Beverly, Mass., to repair the engine and have not arrived.

The 27-foot sailboat was sailing from Portland, Maine to Florida.

A Falcon jet crew from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., and a 47-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Gloucester, Mass., are en route to the search area. Sector Boston issued an urgent marine information broadcast alerting boaters in the area of the missing sailboat.Sector Boston

The sloop sailboat Elan has a blue hull and white superstructure.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sector Boston at 617-223-3201.

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