WILMINGTON, N.C. (WNCN) — Two people were rescued Friday from a sailboat off the coast of North Carolina after the mast broke and the boat began drifting, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The rescue happened in 12-foot seas and 21 mph winds nearly 90 miles southeast of Cape Fear, which is the location of Bald Head Island, the Coast Guard said in a news release.
Two people were in the 34-foot sailboat named Spin Drift when the mast broke and the boat began drifting, the news release said.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was sent from Elizabeth City, and an HC-130 Hercules airplane was also sent to the scene.
The two people were hoisted into the helicopter and taken back to Elizabeth City, according to the news release. The now-empty vessel remained adrift and is a possible hazard to other ships, the news release said.
The USCGC Richard Dixon crew, based in Puerto Rico, was 50 miles away, during a voyage to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore and diverted to the scene to assist.