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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued 14 people from life rafts in
the Atlantic Ocean approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras N.C.,
Monday, and two remain missing.
The 14 people were flown to Coast
Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., where they were met by awaiting
emergency medical services personnel at approximately 10:15 a.m. with no life threatening injuries.
aboard a C-130 Hercules and an MH-60 Jayhawk are searching for the two
missing crewmembers. Crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Elm and the
Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin are en route to assist with the search.
The vessel is reportedly sunk, but the mast is still visible.
Guard Sector North Carolina initially received a call from the owner of
the 180-foot, three mast tall ship, HMS Bounty, saying she had lost
communication with the vessel's crew late Sunday evening.
Coast Guard 5th District command center in Portsmouth subsequently
received a signal from the emergency position indicating radio beacon
registered to the Bounty, confirming the distress and position.
aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched aboard an
HC-130 Hercules aircraft, which later arrived on scene and established
communications with the Bounty's crew.
Watchstanders dispatched crews aboard two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.
The first Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at approximately 6:30 a.m. and hoisted five people into the aircraft, and a second helicopter arrived and rescued nine people.
The 16 people donned cold water survival suits and life jackets before launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies.
vessel was reportedly taking on water and without propulsion. On scene
weather was reported to be 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas.
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