Coast Guard rescues 5 people from sinking sailboat off the coast of Monterey

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard rescued five people from a sinking 65-foot sailing vessel approximately 120 miles off the Monterey coast, Saturday.

At approximately 8 a.m. Saturday, the 11th Coast Guard District Command Center received a distress signal from a personal locator beacon. A C17 transport aircraft under Oakland Center Control, flying at approximately 5,000 feet, visually identified the sailing vessel in the vicinity of the alert location and confirmed that the sailing vessel Flyin’ Hawaiian was taking on water.

The Coast Guard responded with a Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento HC-130H Hercules aircrew. The crew was able to contact and divert the tank ship Aqualeader, that was 24 miles from the sailing vessel’s location. Though unable to remove anyone off the vessel, the Aqualeader assisted by blocking seas and wind for the Flyin’ Hawaiian.

The Coast Guard launched a Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 helicopter rescue crew and a MH-65 helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles.

Both helicopter crews successfully rescued the five people from the sinking sailing vessel.

All five people were transported to shore with no reported injuries.

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