JUNE 6 — Two British sailors were rescued Monday morning after their 33-foot sailboat became disabled in rough weather produced by a tropical storm about 230 miles off Nantucket, Mass.
Coast Guard officials in Boston picked up a signal from an EPIRB at about 4:20 a.m., the agency says in a press release. The signal was traced to the British sailboat Honora, and a Falcon jet was launched from Station Cape Cod a little over an hour later.
Despite 15-foot seas and 40-knot winds kicked up by the remnants of Tropical Storm Barry, Coast Guard officials located the disabled Honora at about 6:30 a.m., according to the release. The two crewmembers on board, Honora Askew and Dennis Hopton — both 50 and from the United Kingdom — were not injured.
“Without their sails up, it was really hard to see them,” the jet’s pilot says in the release. “They would completely disappear into the trough of the waves.”
A Coast Guard rescue helicopter from Station Cape Cod and a Hercules airplane from Station Elizabeth City (N.C.) arrived on scene at about 9 a.m., the release says. Askew and Hopton were hoisted aboard the helicopter and transported to Nantucket. They were later taken to Cape Cod. As of Tuesday, the sailboat remained adrift.
— Jason Fell