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Coast Guard rescues 2 from sailboat caught in rough weather off North Carolina coast

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Posted at 8:23 PM, Dec 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-05 20:23:31-05

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued two people from a sailboat that was caught in rough weather near the Hatteras Inlet in North Carolina Saturday afternoon.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s Fifth District Command Center received an alert around 9:30 a.m. for a vessel in distress that was experiencing severe weather and that both the sails and engine were inoperable.

Crews were able to recover the two mariners and are now on the way to Baltimore.

“This could have gone much differently given the weather conditions, the fact that the boat was disabled and that it was in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean,” said Mr. Kelvin Morgan, operational unit controller for the Fifth District command center. “The fact we have partners like the crew and captain of the KSL Santiago allows cases like this to have a happy ending.”

No injuries were reported, officials say.