Coast Guard Rescues Two During Storm

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Coast Guard rescued two sailors today after they were caught in a storm and experienced engine problems near Liston Point, Del.

Rescued were Stephen Grisanti, 48, of Rye, N.Y., and Joel Rosenblatt, 48, of Somers, N.Y.

Both men were transiting from Rye to Gratitude, Md., aboard Rosenblatts 27-foot sailboat Tapped Out when the two men got caught in a storm, experienced engine failure and couldnt find safe harbor.

Grisanti notified the Coast Guard, who dispatched crews from Port Penn, Del., Fire and Rescue, Coast Guard Station Philadelphia and Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.

With the sailboat being pushed toward the jetties between Liston Point and Blackbird Creek, Del. the rescue boat crews were unable to reach the sailors safely. The helicopter rescue crew hoisted both men and transferred them back to the air station where they are in good health.

“I was wet and cold in the water, and the whole thing was surreal,” Grisanti said of his helicopter rescue. “All the time, I have read about people who have been sailing for 50 years and they get into trouble. It can happen to anyone, and today was that realization.”

Rosenblatt is working with commercial salvage to salvage the boat.

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