Search Continues For Four Missing Boaters

The Coast Guard continues to search for the four sailors on the 54-foot Flying Colours, missing off the coast of North Carolina since Monday.

A Coast Guard C-130 airplane is searching a 100-square-mile area, and the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa is battling heavy seas en route to join the search.

Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators received an electronic distress signal from the sailboat early Monday, but the signal stopped at about 4 p.m.

The Flying Colours is home-ported in Washington, D.C., and the crew was transiting from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, to Annapolis, Md.

Coast Guard officials say the distres signal originated about 200 miles East of Cape Fear. The search area includes about 13,000 square miles.

The Coast Guard says it plans to continue the search.