Coast Guard Continues Search for Sailors Missing Off Bermuda

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard is continuing its search for two sailors who went missing during a storm Saturday night approximately 270 miles north of Bermuda.

A Coast Guard C -130, and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter flight crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., are assisting with the search. In addition, the U.S.S. Carter Hall, a Navy dock landing amphibious ship homeported in Norfolk, Va., is also assisting with the search. The Carter Hall was in the vicinity while heading stateside following a seven-month deployment overseas.

The Joe Aspen, a Norwegian flagged chemical tanker relieved the motor vessel Martorell, a 645-foot Panamanian flagged Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) vessel in searching for the missing sailors.

The missing sailors, onboard the 42-foot sailboat Albatross, were sailing from Long Island, N.Y., to Bermuda, fell into heavy seas while attempting to transfer from their sailboat to the Martorell. Both sailors were reportedly wearing life jackets when they entered the water.

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