Coast Guard responds to disabled sailing vessel

USCG file photo

BOSTON — The Coast Guard is on scene with a disabled sailing vessel with two people on board about 100 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass., Dec. 7, 2010.

The Raw Faith is an 88-foot sailing vessel that departed Salem, Mass., en route Bermuda.

The First Coast Guard District Command Center received notification Dec. 6, 2010 via an emergency position-locating beacon signal from the Raw Faith.  The Coast Guard launched multiple aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., and Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to establish communications with the vessel to determine the situation on board.  The crew of the vessel stated they had two life rafts, one survival suit and a hand-held radio on board.  A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Cape Cod attempted to deliver additional safety gear to the crew of the Raw Faith, but weather conditions did not permit.  Currently weather on scene is 25-30 knot winds with seas running 10-15 feet.

At this time the Coast Guard cutters Tybee and Reliance are on scene with the Raw Faith.  The crew of the Reliance will assess the situation on board the Raw Faith and determine if it is safe to tow the vessel to port.
The Coast Guard’s primary concern is the safety of the two people on board the Raw Faith.  With water temperatures in the low 50s F, and the lack of safety equipment on board during a winter transit to Bermuda, the crew is dangerously exposed if anything were to happen to the vessel.

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