The U.S. Coast Guard say that they are on scene off the U.S. East Coast with a disabled sailing vessel that was heading to Bermuda with two people aboard. The ‘Raw Faith’ is an 88-foot sailing vessel that departed Salem, Mass., en route Bermuda and is presently located approximately 100 miles southeast of Nantucket.
The Coast Guard say their “Primary concern is the safety of the two people on board the ‘Raw Faith’. With water temperatures in the low 50s F, and the lack of safety equipment on board during a winter transit to Bermuda, the crew is dangerously exposed if anything were to happen to the vessel.”
The First Coast Guard District Command Center received notification yesterday via an emergency position-locating beacon signal from the sailboat. The Coast Guard launched multiple aircraft from Cape Cod and North Carolina to establish communications with the vessel to determine the situation on board.
The crew of the vessel stated they had two life rafts, one survival suit and a hand-held radio on board. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Cape Cod attempted to deliver additional safety gear to the crew of the Raw Faith, but weather conditions did not permit. The Coast Guard says that currently weather on scene is 25-30 knot winds with seas running 10-15 feet.
At this time the Coast Guard cutters Tybee and Reliance are on scene with the sailboat. The Coast Guard says the crew of the Reliance will assess the situation on board the Raw Faith and determine if it is safe to tow the vessel to port.
Update 6:30pm: U.S. Media reports that a helicopter crew is bringing the men to the Air Station in Mass, and that previous to this “The crew on board Raw Faith had to abandon the ship and jump into the water in survival suits.”
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