Coast Guard rescues 2 from disabled sailboat off North Carolina coast

NORFOLK, Va. – The Coast Guard rescued two people aboard a disabled sailboat 100 nautical miles off Cape Lookout, N.C., Thursday morning.

Rescue Coordination Center Norfolk watchstanders received a distress signal from the sailboat Croc at 5 p.m., Wednesday, which was transiting from Norfolk to Marsh Harbor, Bahamas.

An Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C, HC-130J Hercules aircraft crew launched and located the distressed vessel. The owner of the vessel stated they were taking on water and requested to be taken off.

An MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew from the air station arrived on scene at 2 a.m., and hoisted one person to safety, but due to deteriorating weather conditions they were not able to hoist the other. Another helicopter rescue crew is currently on scene attempting to rescue the remaining person.

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