Coast Guard Assists Rudderless Sailboat Crew

ATLANTIC OCEAN – The Boston-based Coast Guard cutter Spencer assisted two French sailors Thursday about 350 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass., after their sailboat was disabled.

Frank Salaun and Isabelle Hoareau were sailing from Portsmouth, Va., to the Azores, near Portugal, when the rudder on their 38-foot Reina del Sol was reportedly sheared off Wednesday.

At the time, the closest help was a Navy vessel, the USS Gonzalez, who took the couple aboard for the night until the Coast Guard Spencer arrived Thursday around 7:30 a.m. The Navy transferred the two sailors, both uninjured, to the Spencer, and took the Reina del Sol in tow.

The Spencer is scheduled to transfer the passengers and tow to the Canadian Coast Guard, near Nova Scotia, late Friday.

“The Reina del Sol is the couple’s home,” said Capt. Daniel McLaughlin, commanding officer of the Spencer. “They were very grateful that we’d be taking them and their boat safely to Nova Scotia for repairs.”

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