Coast Guard Search for Flying Colours Enters Sixth Day

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard search continues for four sailors onboard the sailing vessel Flying Colours who have been missing off the North Carolina coast since Monday.

The search for the missing sailors, Patrick Topping, 39, Jason Franks, 34, Rhiannon Borisoff, 22 and Christine Grinavic, 25, has covered more than 173,000 nautical square miles, an area larger than the state of California.

Coast Guard search and rescue personnel from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa were joined this morning by a HU-25 Falcon Jet from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, along with the crew of a Navy P3 search plane from Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., and the crews of six other C-130s hailing from Moody and Patrick Air Force Bases, and the Rhode Island, New York, Georgia and North Carolina Air National Guard.

The search began Monday when Coast Guard watch standers at the Rescue Coordination Center in Portsmouth Va., received an alert from the ship’s Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) at 3:30 a.m. Monday; the last signal from the EPIRB was at 7:00 a.m. Monday.

The Coast Guard asks anyone who has information regarding the Flying Colours to contact the Coast Guard Command Center at (757) 398-6390.

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