Five Rescued 200 Miles At Sea After Mast Snaps Off Sailboat

Dated: 02/04/2015

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Our great Coast Guard makes another rescue.  Thought you would enjoy this article from the Outer Banks Voice.   

Five rescued 200 miles at sea after mast snaps off sailboat

Five people were rescued by the crew of a Coast Guard helicopter Friday after the mast of their sailboat broke about 200 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras.

The Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received notification at about 1:50 p.m. that the 55-foot catamaran Rainmaker out of Manhattan, New York was disabled in 40-mph winds and 13-foot seas.

The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast and prepared to launch aircrews to respond.

A 350-foot cargo ship, the Ocean Crescent, was about 40 miles from the distressed sailboat and said it was diverting to respond, according to a Coast Guard statement.

Crews aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a C-130 Hercules airplane took off from Elizabeth City at about 3:20 p.m.

The Ocean Crescent crew arrived at 4:05 p.m. but was unable to come alongside Rain Maker.

At about, the helicopter crew hoisted all five people. They were taken taken to Dare County Regional Airport 5 p.m. in good condition.

“The crew we rescued had a registered and up-to-date emergency position indicating radio beacon that told us their exact position,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Allen Facenda, an operations specialist in Portsmouth who worked on the case.

“All five people were wearing life jackets and were prepared to abandon their vessel in a life raft. We were happy to get there before that became necessary.”

The catamaran left the Gunboat yard in Wanchese about 36 hours earlier, Gunboat CEO Peter Johnstone said on his Facebook page.

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Kathleen Argiroff

Kathleen relocated to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with her husband and three children in 1989 from the Philadelphia and Stone Harbor, NJ areas. One of her greatest pleasures is introducing peopl....

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