Coast Guard saves three from fouled sailboat – video

BOSTON – A Coast Guard Jawhawk helicopter crew plucked three people from a 35-foot sailboat today after it got tangled in a fishing net, half of a mile from Lands End, in Newport, R.I.

A 41-foot rescue boat crew launched from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, after a good Samaritan saw the Archelious and called the Coast Guard at about, but was unable to get close enough to rescue the trio.

The helicopter launched from Air Station Cape Cod and arrived on scene at 11:41 a.m.

The three people aboard the sailboat, two men ages 25 and 31, and a 16-year-old boy, were unable to lower the mast, which made it too dangerous for the helicopter to conduct a hoist from the boat’s deck.

The three were instructed to put on survival suits, jump into the water, and swim away from the boat. A rescue swimmer helped them into the hoist basket and all three were safely taken aboard the helicopter.

On scene, the winds were 25-30 knots, with seas reaching seven feet.

They were taken to Station Castle Hill. No injuries were reported.

“The weather here can be unpredictable at times,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Leuchte, an operations specialist at Sector Southeastern New England. “They didn’t have a radio onboard and it was lucky for them that someone saw them and phoned it in.”

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  1. John says:

    Didn’t have a radio on board??

    Were airlifted for being caught just off RI in a fishing net???

    What a waste of taxpayer money! They should seize that boat and auction it to pay for a part of that rescue. This is highly irresponsible of the boaters who were caught.

    Did they bring a mask/snorkel/knife to cut the net loose?

    The Coast Guard should not play “babysitter” to people whose lives are not in danger. This is ridiculous.

  2. Matt says:

    Going overboard to cut lines in a heavy sea is a recipe for disaster. I’m assuming it was the fish trap, which is difficult to spot in heavy weather if your unaware of it. I’m wondering why a RIB wasn’t launched if the 41′ couldn’t approach.