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Coast Guard rescues four people from damaged sailboat

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Posted at 2:18 PM, Feb 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-15 14:18:20-05

Portsmouth, Va. – Coast Guard rescued four people from a damaged sailboat off the coast of North Carolina late Saturday afternoon.

According to the watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth, a report of  a sailboat damaged by high winds approximately 60 miles southeast of Bald Head Island came in around 6 p.m.

Both the Coast Guard and Navy launched helicopter crews, after the Coast Guard issued an urgent marine broadcast.

Arriving around 8:15 p.m., the Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted the rescued and brought them to the Air Station Elizabeth City. No one was injured.

The people rescued were sailboat owner, 55-year-old Frank W. Rawley, 58-year-old Douglas Rider, 55-year-old Lorette Medwel and a 14-year-old male. They were sailing from Beaurfort to Pensacola.