Coast Guard Rescues Six; Assisting Three More

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard has rescued six people from two distressed sailboats off the coast of North Carolina, and is responding to three more people in need.

A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew based out of Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., is en route to sailors aboard the sailboat Illusion about 120-miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

A Coast Guard C-130 air crew has dropped a life raft to the distressed sailors and is remaining on scene until the helicopter crew arrives.

This will be Air Station Elizabeth City’s third rescue today.

A rescue helicopter crew hoisted three people from the sailboat Seaker at approximately 7:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Diamond Shoals, N.C. The air crew transported the rescued to Air Station Elizabeth City where they were evaluated by medical crews and released.

In addition to the Seaker rescue, three people were rescued from a makeshift life raft about 160 nautical miles east of Cape Hatteras in 34-foot seas. They were aboard the sailboat Lou Pantai when rough seas and heavy winds forced the three sailors to abandon ship. A Coast Guard helicopter crew transported the rescued to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. The sailors are suffering from hypothermia.

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