A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter lifts sailors from a disabled sailboat on the high seas off Cape Canaveral

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sailboat disabled in 40mph winds, 12ft seas

Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews hoist two survivors from a disabled sailboat about 200 miles off Cape Canaveral, Fla., Jan. 29, 2022. Sailboat operator Critical Window, activated their locator beacon indicating emergency positioning around 2:30 p.m., alerting the District Seven Coast Guard to their distress. (US Coast Guard image)

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL – Crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater and Miami on Saturday rescued two people from their disabled sailboat about 200 miles off Cape Canaveral.

The sailboat’s operator, Critical Window, activated its emergency locator beacon at around 2.30pm, alerting the District Seven Coast Guard to their distress.

A crew from Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry arrived in the area, and the operator fired a distress flare directing the crew to their exact location.

The operator informed the crew that the sailboat was disabled due to weather conditions.

This sailboat is disabled approximately 200 miles off Cape Canaveral, Florida on January 29, 2022. The sailboat’s operator, Critical Window, activated its emergency locator beacon around 2:30 p.m., alerting the Coast Guard of district seven quarter their distress. (US Coast Guard image)

An Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on scene and hoisted people from the ship. They were brought in awaiting emergency medical services at Melbourne International Airport.

No medical issues were reported.

“The operator used the ship’s registered EPIRB and kept the flares on until help was near,” said Chief Petty Officer John Andzelik, operations unit watchman, District Seven. Due diligence enabled Coast Guard crews to rescue them as quickly as possible.”

Weather conditions reported at the scene were around 40 mph and seas 10 to 12 feet.

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