Coast Guard Continues Search for 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.

The search for the missing sailors, Patrick Topping, 39, Jason Franks, 34, Rhiannon Borisoff, 22 and Christine Grinavic, 25, has covered more than 68,000 nautical square miles.

Coast Guard search and rescue personnel from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and the Coast Guard Cutters Tampa and Staten Island were joined today by a HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga., and the crew of a Air National Guard C-130 aircraft from Long Island, N.Y.

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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