Coast Guard rescues 4 from damaged sailboat off NC coast

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) The Coast Guard rescued four people from a damaged sailboat 60 miles off the coast of Bald Head Island near Southport, N.C.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Command Center in Portsmouth received an alert around 6 p.m. Saturday from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon from the 40-foot White Trimaran Trio, from Pensacola, Florida, after the vessel’s sails were damaged by winds.

The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a rescue helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, according to a press release from the Coast Guard. The U.S. Navy also responded by sending a helicopter from the USS George H.W. Bush to help find the vessel.

Both helicopter crews arrived at the damaged vessel around 8:15 p.m. which was 60 miles southeast of Bald Head Island. Coast Guard crews hoisted Frank W. Rawley, 54, Douglas Rider, 58, Lorette Medwel, 55 and a 14-year-old boy from the boat and flew them to Air Station Elizabeth City where they are listed in good condition.

 

 

 

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