Coast Guard rescues 70-year-old man from disabled sailing vessel near Dry Tortuga

7th Coast Guard District News
MIAMI — The Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma rescued a 70-year-old man from a disabled sailing vessel, Wednesday, approximately 190 miles west of Key West, Fla.

The crew of the Tahoma received a late-night notification of a vessel in distress more than 250 miles from its location. The Coast Guard launched an HC-130 fixed-wing aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., which monitored the condition of the vessel overnight and provided updated positions for Tahoma. Upon arriving at sailing vessel’s location, it was determined that the vessel could not continue its voyage due to a broken mast. The owner of the vessel was taken aboard where he received a medical examination and food.

Tahoma is currently towing the vessel to the nearest safe port in the operating area.

The Tahoma is a 270-foot cutter homeported in Kittery, Maine. The vessel and crew executes maritime law enforcement, homeland security and search and rescue missions in support of Coast Guard operations throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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