Coast Guard crews rescued five people Saturday night from their sinking 47-foot sailboat about 32 miles south of Cape Lookout off Eastern Carolina.
The sailboat crew reported their boat was taking on water at 7:35 p.m.
The Coast Guard launched an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City and a 47-foot rescue boat crew from Station Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach.
Coast Guard officials say "by the time the helicopter arrived on scene, the sailboat was mostly full of water and only a foot or two remained above water."
One person was hoisted off the sailboat just before 9:00 p.m., but the
others onboard requested not to be lifted. The other four were directed to launch their life raft and wait for the rescue boat crew. The rescue boat crew arrived on scene at 10:23 p.m. and took the others to safety.