Norwegian tanker rescues three from sailboat

(Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue of three people from a sailboat during a storm off the coast of Virginia Beach Thursday.

Larry Monesson, 60, Sean Monesson, 40, and James Moore, 40, were rescued from the Elusive, a 41-foot sailboat. The Coast Guard said the vessel was threatened by storms about 350 miles east of Virginia Beach.

Moore’s father contacted the Coast Guard after his son sent him a message via satellite phone around 1 a.m. Thursday.

A 600-foot Norwegian flagged tanker responded to a Coast Guard request for assistance and made contact with the Elusive.

The crew of the Elusive abandoned ship and boarded the Norwegian tanker. All three were safe.

“The early communications by the crew of the Elusive and the proactive response by the crew of the Bow Clipper allowed the watchstanders to arrange for the Bow Clipper to be in position to effect an immediate rescue when the situation aboard the sailing vessel Elusive deteriorated,” said Lt. Cmdr. Tim Eason, the 5th District’s search and rescue mission coordinator. “Additionally, the crew of the Elusive took the proper precautions before departing port by ensuring they had a working satellite phone and personal locator beacons.”

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