Coast Guard Rescues Three, Responding to Four Distressed Vessels

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., flight crews rescued three people this morning and are responding to three other cases off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

An HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew hoisted three people from the sailboat Seaker at approximately 7:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Diamond Shoals. The air crew will transport the the three rescued to Air Station Elizabeth City where medical crews are standing by.

The Seaker was in 40-knot winds and 16-foot seas at the time of the rescue.

In addition to the Seaker rescue, there are three people in 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 C-130 airplane is flying over them until a helicopter arrives to hoist them.

Coast Guard crews are also responding to two sailboats in distress southeast of Cape Hatteras.

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