Sailboat, powerboat collide offshore

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Eight people and one pet cat were rescued Friday when a 35-foot sportfishing boat collided with a 41-foot sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean off Delaware.

The collision occurred about 4 a.m. seven miles east of Bethany Beach, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Michael Kristiansen told The News Journal.

Crewmembers at the Indian River Coast Guard Station heard a mayday call over VHF marine radio after the 41-foot sailboat Obsession collided with the 35-foot sportfishing boat Line Item.

The Line Item, carrying six people, quickly began to take on water and started sinking, Kristiansen said.

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