Coast Guard Plane From ENC Helps Rescue French Yacht Crew

A Coast Guard plane from Eastern Carolina helped rescue three people in the ocean off the East Coast.

The three people were onboard a French sailing yacht hundreds of miles east-northeast of Bermuda.

The yacht sent out distress calls that were picked up about 4:30 p.m. Saturday by the Coast Guard in Portsmouth, Virginia and also in northern France.

When contact was finally made with the yacht at 7:47 p.m.Saturday via satellite phone, crew members said they were wearing their survival suits after the yacht had been flipped over and back by waves. The seas were 15-18 feet. The winds were 20-30 knots.

An Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130J Hercules aircraft crew took flight to search for the yacht and provide communication and support as two other ships were sent to get the yacht crew.

The crew was pulled off the yacht at 12:27 a.m. Sunday. Everyone is okay.


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  • by BOB Location: e nc on Dec 14, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    THAT BIG WHITE WITH THE BIG ORANGE STRIPE SURE LOOKS GOOD WHEN YOU NEED HELP ! GUYS AND GALS THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO
  • by JOE Location: E NC on Dec 14, 2009 at 04:56 AM
    IN A BOAT - NEED HELP BAD - THAT BIG WHITE BIRD WITH THE ORANGE STRIPE IS A WELCOME SIGHT THANKS GUYS & GALS OF THE COAST GUARD
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Dec 13, 2009 at 06:12 PM
    Thank you WITN for you constant coverage of Coast Guard rescues, you bring what these guys do at "their typical day at the office" to the public's attention. Just a note here but the picture of the Herc above is Air Force, a Coastie herc is white with the beautiful orange stripe. Semper Paratus coasties. Buzz-
  • by Catus Location: Strabane on Dec 13, 2009 at 03:39 PM
    Great job "coasties", you are members of the greatest country in the world. THANKS
  • by C on Dec 13, 2009 at 11:46 AM
    The Coast Guard is probably the most unappreciated and overlooked branch of the service.Yet here we have another example of why it should'nt be that way.Great job,guys..more typical coastie excellence!
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