Crippled sailboat towed back to shore

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The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley towed a disabled sailboat to Alaska’s Dutch Harbor on Monday.

The Alex Haley crew, on patrol near Dutch Harbor, received a call for assistance Sunday evening from the sailboat Nkhovazi with two British nationals aboard. The sailboat experienced a loss of steering when their rudder broke.

“We maintain a constant Coast Guard cutter presence near the Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea just for these types of issues,” said Lt. Bernie Auth, a 17th District search-and-rescue controller. “In this instance the Alex Haley crew was able to quickly respond and keep an issue of concern from becoming a life or death situation.”

The crew of the sailboat was heading to Dutch Harbor from Honolulu where their plans were then to head east and explore Alaska.