Coast Guard Responds to Stricken Sailboat

The Coast Guard issued a report on Tues, Dec. 7, that it had responded to a disabled sailing vessel with 2 people onboard. The sailboat’s location was approximately 100 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. The vessel, Raw Faith, is an 88-foot sailboat that departed Salem, Massachusetts, en route to Bermuda.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer Randall Rice escorts rescued mariners from a HH-60 Jay Hawk Rescue Helicopter at Air Station Cape Cod. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Clayton.

The First Coast Guard District Command Center was first alerted on December 6 via an emergency position-locating beacon (EPIRB) signal from Raw Faith. The Coast Guard then launched multiple aircraft from Cape Cod and Elizabeth City, N.C., to establish communications with the vessel to determine the situation on board.

Raw Faith, photo courtesy RawFaithAdventures.com.

The crew of Raw Faith stated that they had 2 liferafts, 1 survival suit and a handheld radio on board. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Station Cape Cod attempted to deliver additional safety gear to the sailboat, but weather conditions did not permit the transfer. Conditions at the time of the report indicated 25- to 30-knot winds with seas running 10 to 15 feet.

At 2:00 p.m., the Coast Guard reported that they had airlifted the 2 crewmen from Raw Faith and transported them to Air Station Cape Cod in Bourne, Mass., in an MH-60 helicopter. The cutter Reliance is remaining on scene with the sailboat.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer Randall Rice help a rescued mariner remove his submersion suit at Air Station Cape Cod. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Clayton.

Coast Guard Rescue Video:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpSCGz6zzFc

US Coast Guard rescue of two seamen aboard the sailing vessel RawFaith. December 7, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard Video by Air Station Cape Cod.

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