Coast Guard rescues Pinterest investor and
crew from sailboat off Hatteras....WITH VIDEO
By IRENE NOLAN
The U.S. Coast Guard made international
news this weekend with the Friday rescue of five people from a
disabled sailboat about 220 miles off Hatteras.
One of those rescued has been reported
by national and international media as prominent millionaire Brian
Cohen, an original investor in Pinterest. Some of the other four
rescued were said to be members of his family.
According to a
Coast Guard news release, watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th
District Command Center in Portsmouth received notification at
approximately 1:50 p.m. on Friday that the 55-foot catamaran Rain
Maker, homeported in Manhattan, New York, suffered a broken mast in
approximate 40-mph winds and 13-foot seas roughly 200 miles southeast
of Cape Hatteras.
The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine
information broadcast and prepared to launch aircrews to
The crew aboard the approximately 350-foot cargo ship
Ocean Crescent responded to the emergency beacon, stating they were
located approximately 40 miles from the distressed sailboat and were
diverting to respond.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a
C-130 Hercules airplane crew, both from Coast Guard Air Station
Elizabeth City, N.C., were launched at about 3:20 p.m.
Ocean Crescent crew arrived on scene at approximately 4:05 p.m. and
unsuccessfully attempted to come alongside Rain Maker.
Coast Guard helicopter crew arrived on scene at approximately 5 p.m.
and hoisted all five people. The five boaters were transported to
Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo and arrived at approximately
8:10 p.m. in good condition.
“The mission today was
challenging for our crews due to the distance from shore and the
weather conditions,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Allen Facenda, an
operations specialist in Portsmouth who worked on the case, in the
news release. “The crew we rescued had a registered and up-to-date
emergency position indicating radio beacon that told us their exact
position. All five people were wearing life jackets and were prepared
to abandon their vessel in a life raft. We were happy to get there
before that became necessary.”
The $2.5 million
luxury catamaran, Rain Maker, was profiled in Forbes magazine last
to Forbes, the
boat can sail more than 30 mph. The enormous mainsail of the boat is
made of 1,300 square feet of high-tech fabric. It has a
computer-designed shape that can handle a broad range of wind. The
boat's cabin top is covered with solar cells that help charge an
800-watt electrical system that gives power to computer navigation
screens, electric winches, and a marine audio system.
The yacht is reported to have two
staterooms with interiors designed by Italian yacht-design firm Nauta
Yachts, a 200 square-foot salon with coaches
and Italian style flooring, and a kitchen that even has a pizza
Cohen told Forbes
he didn't get into sailing until he was 42-years-old.
know a mast from a boom,' Cohen, now reportedly an avid sailor, said.