MIAMI — Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater and Miami crews rescue two sailors from their disabled sailboat approximately 200 nautical miles off Cape Canaveral, Saturday.
The operator of the sailing vessel, Critical Window, activated their emergency position indicating locator beacon at approximately 2:30 p.m. alerting Coast Guard District Seven watchstanders to their distress.
An Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew arrived in the area, and the operator shot off a distress flare directing the aircrew to their exact location. The operator reported to the aircrew the sailboat was disabled due to the weather.
An Air Station Clearwater MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter crew arrived on scene, deployed the rescue swimmer and hoisted the people from the vessel. They were brought to awaiting emergency medical services (EMS) personnel at Melbourne International Airport.
There were no reported medical concerns.
«The operator used the vessel’s registered EPIRB and conserved the flares until help was near,» said Chief Petty Officer John Andzelik, operations unit watchstander, District Seven. «This due diligence allowed Coast Guard crews to rescue them as fast as possible.»
The reported weather on scene was approximately 40 mph winds and 10-12 foot seas.
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