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Sailor rescued 195 miles offshore

The Coast Guard reports it rescued a sailor Thursday night from his disabled vessel approximately 195 miles southeast of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod.

Watchstanders at the First Coast Guard District command center out of Boston received a distress call from an emergency position indicating radio beacon from the 30-foot sailing vessel Arabella at approximately 3 a.m. Thursday.

The Arabella had departed May 14 from Groton, Conn., en route to Bermuda. Arabella’s skipper reported that he had a dinghy and flares aboard the vessel.

Following the rescue, the Coast Guard praised the Arabella skipper for having the proper safety equipment on board for an offshore passage.

“This case is a perfect example of why safety equipment is so important,” said Petty Officer First Class Joaquin Alayola with the First Coast Guard District Command Center.

Click here for the full Coast Guard announcement and click here for a report on the rescue by the Cape Cod Times.