Coast Guard rescues 6 from sailboat sinking offshore from Cape May, NJ

5th Coast Guard District News
Cape May – The Coast Guard rescued five adults and one child Thursday from a 68-foot sailboat taking on water 25 miles offshore from Cape May, New Jersey.

An emergency position-indicating radio beacon alerted Coast Guard watchstanders to the sailing vessel Irvmiren’s distress at approximately 10:46 p.m. Wednesday.

A crewmember aboard Irvmiren used a VHF-FM radio to confirm the boat was taking on water in multiple locations. He also reported there was a life raft aboard, and each person was wearing a life jacket.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, and a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May responded to the distress.

“The sailing vessel looked very low in the water as we got on scene,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Wise, an aviation maintenance technician aboard the rescue helicopter. “The swells were eight to 10 feet with swells breaking over the side of the Irvmiren, so the boat and mast were rocking all over the place.”

Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory Osborne, the rescue swimmer aboard the helicopter, was lowered down to the Irvmiren. A dewatering pump was lowered from the helicopter to the deck of the RB-M and transferred onto the Irvmiren.

After unsuccessful dewatering, the six people aboard Irvmien were transferred onto the RB-M at approximately 2:30 a.m. Thursday and taken to the Coast Guard station in Cape May.

The crew aboard Irvmiren departed Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Friday en route to Nantucket, Massachusetts.

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