PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District command center helped coordinate the rescue
of five people 256 miles northeast of Bermuda
with the assistance of the cruise ship
Norwegian Gem, Saturday morning.
At approximately 7 a.m., watchstanders received notification from a member
of the sailing vessel Sanctuary, stating that they had taken several large breaking waves over the bow, had lost
power and were slowly taking on water
A C-130 Hercules crew from Air Station Elizabeth City was launched to locate and assist.
The reporting source said that the crew all had life jackets on, but their life raft had washed overboard
, the Automated Mutual-assistance Vessel Rescue
system, the Coast Guard asked the captain
of the Norwegian Gem to assist the sailors in distress
The Norwegian Gem diverted course, was directed to the scene by the C-130 crew, and successfully rescued the five people from the Sanctuary.
Coast Guard coordinates AMVER rescue in high seas