Coast Guard rescues 4 sailors 250 miles southeast of Cape May, N.J.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued four people from a disabled sailboat 250 miles southeast of Cape May, N.J., Friday.

Watchstanders at the Rescue Coordination Center in Portsmouth received a satellite telephone call from the crew of the High Flyer, a 36-foot trimaran, Thursday night, requesting assistance after their vessel’s sails and rudder became disabled.

The helicopter crew and a C-130J crew were dispatched to the vessels location. While en route the helicopter crew made a short refueling stop aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, before continuing to the disabled vessel.

The helicopter crew arrived at the vessels location at approximately 8:45 a.m. Friday and hoisted the crew of the High Flyer.

The crewmembers are being flown to Air Station Elizabeth City and are scheduled to arrive at approximately 11 a.m.

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