Coast Guard rescues 4 from disabled sailboat

Posted at 11:43 AM, Jan 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-15 00:12:15-05

The Coast Guard rescued four people from a disabled sailboat approximately 300 miles east of Cape Henry.

A boater onboard the 42-foot "Be Good Too" contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at 1:30 p.m. Monday reporting the boat was disabled and adrift.

The boat had been traveling from New York to the British Virgin Islands.

"Last night we spoke with the Be Good Too crew and based on the forecasted weather, they decided they were willing to depart their vessel around 5 p.m. Monday," said Matthew Brooks, a Coast Guard 5th District Command Center command duty officer. "We did not want to conduct a transfer at night due to the risk of the mission and the fact that the crew was not in immediate distress."

The Coast Guard contacted U.S. Fleet Forces personnel requested a Navy vessel to assist them in their response. The USS Ross, a 505-foot guided missile destroyer, diverted course to provide a refueling platform for a Coast Guard helicopter.

District watchstanders dispatched crews aboard a Jayhawk helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., at approximately 6:20 a.m. to assist.

The Jayhawk crew landed on the USS Ross to refuel at approximately 7:30 a.m. and then proceeded to the location of the Be Good Too.

The Jayhawk crew completed their hoist of the four people aboard the sailboat at approximately 9:15 a.m., refueled aboard the USS Ross and are headed back to the air station.