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    COAST GUARD RESCUES FOUR -MAN SAIL CREW DATE: November 13, 2006 11:42:50 EST Document Number: 815     First District Public Affairs U.S. Coast Guard Press
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      COAST GUARD RESCUES FOUR -MAN SAIL CREW
      DATE: November 13, 2006 11:42:50 EST
      Document Number: 815

        First District Public Affairs
      U.S. Coast Guard

      Press Release

      Date: Nov. 13, 2006

      Contact: PA2 Luke Pinneo
      (617) 223-8515

      COAST GUARD RESCUES FOUR -MAN SAIL CREW

      PHOTO and VIDEO available

      BOSTON - The Coast Guard plucked four men from the Atlantic Ocean early today after their sailboat was ravaged 250 miles southeast of Cape Cod, Mass.

      The crew of the sailing vessel La Bella, all United Kingdom citizens, left New York, Nov. 9th, bound for Bermuda when they were caught in fierce winds which blew out the La Bella's sail, and rough seas that were breaking apart the boat's keel.

      The Coast Guard received a distress signal Sunday, 11:30 p.m., from the La Bella's electronic position indicating radio beacon, but was unable to establish communication via radio or cell phone.

      A Falcon jet crew from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., launched today 12:50 a.m., was over the La Bella 1:38 a.m., and dropped a radio to the distressed crew who promptly requested to be taken off the boat.

      At 2 a.m., Air Station Cape Cod launched a helicopter to rescue the men and a C-130 plane launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to provide cover.

      Both aircraft arrived on scene about 4:45 a.m. and the C-130 dropped survival suits to the men. After putting on the suits, and abandoning the 35-foot boat, the four men were safely hoisted into the helicopter around 5:30 a.m. and were taken to Air Station Cape Cod.

       

       

      
      
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