Two Rescued After Sailboat Sinks Near Bahamas

MIAMI – A Coast Guard HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Miami rescued a husband and wife after their 32-foot sailboat, Gone With the Wind, sank 30 miles north of Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, Sunday.

The tug Gauntlet contacted search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Miami after hearing a Mayday call over VHF radio channel 16 about 1:30 p.m. Crewmembers from the Gauntlet were able to discern the Gone With the Wind’s position and that the vessel was taking on water as a result of striking a reef.

Sector Miami immediately launched an HU-25 Falcon jet and an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Miami. The Falcon crew arrived on scene first and found the sailboat on the rocks. The Dolphin crew arrived on scene shortly thereafter, hoisting both people from the Gone With the Wind and transporting them to awaiting EMS at Palm Beach International Airport, Palm Beach, Fla.

“The Coast Guard often relies on information provided by the maritime community for assistance with vessels in distress,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Johnson, a Coast Guard public affairs specialist. “This case illustrates the professionalism of the crew of the tug Gauntlet. Their assistance in saving these two people is greatly appreciated and upholds the finest tradition of the maritime community.”

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