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A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew escorts a 57-year-old man to waiting emergency medical service personnel at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, Jan. 15. The Coast Guard medevaced the man from his 28-foot sailing vessel, The Answer, which was sinking 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued a 57-year-old man from a 28-foot sailboat sinking 58 miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C., Sunday.

The GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Center contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at approximately 3 p.m., after a personal locator beacon registered to the sailing vessel The Answer started broadcasting a distress signal.

Sector North Carolina dispatched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to locate the distressed vessel and render assistance. The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene and hoisted the man from the sailboat before taking him to Air Station Elizabeth City. Upon arrival the man was transported via emergency medical services to Albemarle Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia and released.

"Emergency beacons are an important piece of safety equipment," said Capt. Anthony Popiel, the commanding officer of Sector North Carolina. "The Coast Guard strongly urges all mariners to carry an EPIRB aboard their vessel, especially when they are offshore and out of marine radio range."

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Date Taken:01.15.2012

Date Posted:01.17.2012 08:24

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