Coast Guard rescues captain who reportedly fell off yacht

Lt. Cdr. Samuel Babbitt, a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Ensley, a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., are shown at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, Bahamas, with a survivor they rescued, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The man was rescued after he reportedly fell from his yacht 10 miles northeast of Nassau.

Lt. Cdr. Samuel Babbitt, a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Ensley, a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., are shown at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, Bahamas, with a survivor they rescued, Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

MIAMI — The captain of a 95-foot yacht was rescued by a Coast Guard aircrew after he reportedly fell overboard from his vessel 10 miles northeast of Nassau, Bahamas.

While returning to Miami from a deployment, the crew of a Coast Guard Air Station Detroit MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter, forward deployed to Great Inagua, Bahamas, overheard a mayday call from the vessel Contessa.

The aircrew relayed the information to watchstanders at Coast Guard 7th District Command Center in Miami, who contacted the Royal Bahamian Defense Force and launched an Air Station Clearwater, Florida, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter based out the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Center in the Bahamas.

The Jayhawk crew located the captain, hoisted him to safety, treated him for minor injuries and transported him to Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau.



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