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Germans Rescued by Coast Guard
Coast Guard Rescues Five
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk Rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., rescued five people from the German flagged 43-foot sailboat Born, approximately 170-miles east of Elizabeth City.
The Coast Guard was initially notified at 6:40 a.m. today by a 406 MHz distress signal from the sailboat. The distress signal was generated by an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) attached to the boat. A C-130 crew was the first Coast Guard asset to arrive on scene, and indicated that the boat was demasted and had fouled proppellers. The Coast Guard decided to conduct a hoist of all five people aboard the sailboat due to inclement weather.
The sailboat departed Washington, D.C., on Sunday enroute to the Azores.
Gale Warnings were posted all weekend and these guys left the Chesapeake. About 1/3 of the way to Bermuda they have no mast and a failed prop, the Coast Guard risks their lives and we foot the bill. Any questions?
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