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.