PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard suspended its search at approximately 2 p.m., Saturday, for a woman who was washed overboard from the 38-foot sailing vessel Triple Stars, 285 miles northwest of Bermuda.
Coast Guard watchstanders received a broadcast from an emergency position indicating radio beacon assigned to the vessel at 1:39 p.m. Friday.
Approximately 5 minutes later, Coast Guard watchstanders received a radio distress report from the sailing master of the Triple Stars, stating that his wife had been washed overboard by a 30-foot wave.
Using AMVER, the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System, the Coast Guard directed the AMVER merchant vessel High Jupiter to the location of the broadcast.
During the 2-day search, three HC-130 Hercules rescue crews from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and the High Jupiter searched approximately 1,735 square miles.
The Triple Stars crew left Newport, R.I. en route to St. Martin while participating in the 12th annual NARC Rally.
The Coast Guard and the motor vessel Oleander assisted 4 sailors, on Nov. 6, who were also involved in the NARC Rally.