Coast Guard and the crew of the Navy destroyer USS Cole rescued three
people Sunday, Nov. 10, from the disabled 38-foot sailboat Wings
approximately 210 miles offshore of North Carolina in the Atlantic
Guard Fifth District watchstanders initially received a call
Friday from a commercial towing company, which was relaying a request
for assistance via a satellite phone on behalf of the crew of the Wing.
The crew of the Wing reported they were not in distress and had plenty of provisions aboard but had lost their rudder.
approximately 8 a.m. Sunday, the crew of the Wings contacted
Coast Guard watchstanders to discuss options, and in light of the
worsening weather, the decision was made to conduct a rescue.
launched crews aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane and an MH-60 Jayhawk
helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
The watchstanders also contacted the Navy, which diverted the USS Cole toward the location of the Wings.
approximately 10 a.m., the Jayhawk crew hoisted the three people from
the Wings and dropped them off on the Cole. The Jayhawk crew then
flew to another distress call that was determined to be a non-distress
to the Cole, the Jayhawk retrieved the three rescued people and took
them to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.
There are no reports of injuries.
to the website for the Salty Dawg Rally, the Wings was participating in
the sailing event. On Thursday night and Friday, the Coast Guard
assisted five sailboats in distress, four of which were part of the
rally during which boats travel from Virginia to the British Virgin
Island or the Bahamas.
Click here to see the video from the U.S. Coast Guard.