US Coast Guard In NC Rescues Couple From Sailboat

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Coast Guard Rescues Two From Aground Sailboat in Alligator River Near Elizabeth City, NC

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Friday, the Coast Guard rescued two people from an aground vessel at the entrance to the Alligator River near Elizabeth City, N.C.

The crew of the Permission Impossible, a 22-foot sailboat, contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watch standers via radio around 5:30 p.m. to report that their sailboat was aground and were in need of assistance.

Crews were dispatched from Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City. A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City was used in the rescue.

The Jayhawk crew lowered a rescue swimmer to the sailboat, hoisted a man and a woman from the sailboat and took them to the air station where they were taken to a local hotel.

There were no reports of injuries, and the owner is scheduled to salvage the boat.

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