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Sailors rescued 900 miles offshore

The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan crew saved three people at 8 a.m. Sunday from a sailing vessel approximately 920 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass.

The good Samaritan crew, aboard the motor vessel Winona, rescued two people aboard the dismasted sailing vessel Sytiburon-36 and one from the water. No injuries were reported.

Watchstanders from the 1st Coast Guard District command center were notified at approximately 5:30 p.m. Friday from the GEOS command center that an SOS transmission was received from the Sytiburon-36.

A GEOS representative spoke with the emergency contact on the beacon’s registration, the spouse of the master of the Sytiburon-36 from Poland, but stated there was a language barrier.

The case was Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Leavitt’s (the operational unit chair in charge of the search and rescue at the District) first after completing his qualifications for search and rescue management.

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as 28-34 mph winds and 15 to 20-foot seas.

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