RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued at least one person from a sinking sailboat off the coast of North Carolina Monday, it said.
The incident was reported Monday and involved Coast Guard ships and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Elizabeth City, according to a Tuesday news release from the Coast Guard.
The rescue happened in 20 mph winds and seas up to 6 feet about 74 miles off the coast of Beaufort Inlet, the news release said.
Because of rough seas, the helicopter was unable to deliver a pump to the sailboat.
The two Coast Guard boat crews eventually towed the boat for a combined 10 hours to shore.
An HC-130 Hercules airplane from Elizabeth City was also deployed to the scene.
No information on those rescued was released.