Ernesto-tossed boaters rescued | video
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The U.S. Coast Guard rescued several boaters Wednesday night when they became stranded in the Atlantic while trying to outrun Ernesto off the coast of Brevard County.
A Coast Guard helicopter pulled two sailors off a boat
in high winds as the vessel was being knocked around by rough surf in the Atlantic, FLORIDA
TODAY news partner WKMG Local 6 News reported.
Officials said the boaters were trying to make it to the Bahamas
but a main sail broke in the 26 mph wind
and they lost
"(The boaters) got caught up in Ernesto's wrath," Local 6's Jessica D'Onofrio said.
"They were obviously trying to outrun the storm," U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Chris Kelly said. "Losing power to their vessel could have been directly related to the storm or not but once they lost
power then they were at the storm's mercy."
were airlifted to Port Canaveral. They were not seriously injured.
Sounds like clogged fuel
filters. But losing their mainsail
in 26 mph wind
and 4-6 foot seas, has me scratching my head
as does why they would make this trip in a well publicized Tropical Storm. They were pulled off their boat
about 20 miles east of me, and I never saw more than 22 mph of wind here.
No spare fuel
One comment about this news story... They weren't trying to outrun Ernesto if they were heading south. They were heading directly into a Tropical Storm!!
Perhaps they didn't think their trip through completely?
Rick in Florida