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Two Evacuated Off Sailboat by Coast Guard

A helicopter crew was called upon to evacuate the men from their sailboat



    A helicopter was called to rescue two men stuck on a sailboat (Published Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016)

    The Coast Guard had to rescue two men off a sailboat Friday after it ran aground near Lovells Island in Boston Harbor.

    The owner of the sailboat, Silent Passage, made a radio call to the Coast Guard Boston sector at about 1 p.m. reporting they had run aground on the rocks. They also reached out to a commercial salvage company to help.

    A crew diverted from patrol to reach the sailing boat but due to low tide, the boat crew and the commercial salvage company could not reach them.

    While the initial plan was to wait for the tide to refloat the sailing vessel, the wind speed increased to between 20-30 knots, making the situation unsafe.

    A coxswain of the Coast Guard crew recommended a helicopter from an air station on Cape Cod come to evacuate the people off their sailboat, and the vessel be salvaged when the weather permits.

    A helicopter crew evacuated the men from their sailboat around 4:40 pm. No injuries were reported.

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