Two rescued from sailboat taking on water

By on November 26, 2010

Two men were rescued from a sailboat taking on water in rough seas and high winds Friday, the Coast Guard said.

A Coast Guard helicopter rescued the pair 90 miles east of the Currituck Sound.
Watchstanders received a radio message at about 6:52 a.m. from crewmembers saying the 45-foot sailboat Celedon was flooding.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Elizabeth City was diverted to the scene, and a nearby commercial tanker ship, the Atlantic Leo, responded after a hearing Coast Guard broadcast.

The helicopter arrived at 7:37 a.m., the Coast Guard said in a statement. The sailboat had taken on 3 inches of water, but the crew members did not know the source of the flooding.

Winds were gusting to 40 knots and seas were 12 feet. Neither man was injured. They were taken by helicopter to Air Station Elizabeth City.

On the cover: U.S. Coast Guard file photo.

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