Coast Guard Rescues Two Men East of Bermuda

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The search continues for a missing sailor after a Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued two men early Tuesday about 200 miles east of Bermuda.

The 38-foot catamaran the three were sailing from Sables D’Olonne, France, to Annapolis, Md., capsized in rough seas at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, triggering their automatic distress system.

Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators here received the signal and an Elizabeth City, N.C., based C-130 airplane was launched to the area soon after. It was over the capsized vessel by about 7:30 p.m. and the crew saw two people clinging to the hull, with no sign of the third person. They dropped a life raft to the men below.

At about 6:30 p.m., a second C-130 and a helicopter were launched from Air Station Elizabeth City. The helicopter stopped in Bermuda to refuel before arriving on scene at 2:50 a.m. today. The helicopter crew had hoisted two men by 3 a.m.

Two volunteer merchant vessels remain in the area searching for the man under Coast Guard control. Winds in the search area are blowing about 40 knots and the seas are 15-20 feet high.

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