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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