Coast Guard Searches 47,000 Nautical Miles for Four Missing Sailors

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

The search for the missing sailors, Patrick Topping, 39, Jason Franks, 34, Rhiannon Borisoff, 22 and Christine Grinavic, 25, has covered more than 47,000 nautical square miles, roughly the size of Indiana.

Coast Guard search and rescue personnel from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa were joined this morning by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Staten Island and the crew of a Navy P3 aircraft from Jacksonville, Fla.

The search began Monday when Coast Guard watch standers at the RescueCoordination 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.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - (May 10) An HC-130 long-distance search and rescue airplane from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., flies over the Cutter Tampa off the coast of North Carolina yesterday. The Tampa, homeported in Portsmouth, has been assisting air crews from Elizabeth City and Clearwater, Fla., in the search for the 54-foot sailboat Flying Colours and its four crewmembers since early Monday. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of the CGC Tampa

An HC-130 long-distance search and rescue airplane from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., flies over the Cutter Tampa off the coast of North Carolina yesterday. The Tampa, homeported in Portsmouth, has been assisting air crews from Elizabeth City and Clearwater, Fla., in the search for the 54-foot sailboat Flying Colours and its four crewmembers since early Monday.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of the CGC Tampa

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