Coast Guard Rescues 14, Searches for 2 from HMS Bounty
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Mon Oct 29 14:03:35 CDT 2012
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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 people remain missing.
Watchstanders dispatched crews aboard two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters from
Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to rescue the crew.
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 14 people are being flown to Air Station Elizabeth City where they will
be met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel.
The C-130 Hercules aircraft remains on scene and is searching for the two
missing crewmembers and a third Jayhawk crew is en route to assist search
and rescue efforts.
The 16 people donned cold water survival suits and life jackets before
launching in two 25-man lifeboats with canopies.
Coast 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.
The 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.
An air crew 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.
The vessel was reportedly taking on water and was without propulsion. On
scene weather is reported to be 40 mph winds and 18-foot seas.
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