Watchstanders at the First Coast Guard District command center received a distress call from an emergency position indicating radio beacon from the 30-foot sailing vessel Arabella at approximately 3 a.m.
The Arabella had departed Groton, Conn., on May 14, and was en route Bermuda. The Arabella was reported to have a dinghy and flares aboard the vessel.
A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew were immediately launched and the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa was diverted to assist. The cruise ship Norwegian Dawn was also in the area and offered to assist.
The Ocean Sentry crew arrived on scene and made contact with the sailor. He reported that the Arabella was taking on water and that he was unable to keep up with the flooding.
The Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on scene at approximately 7 a.m. and safely hoisted the man from the Arabella and transported him to Air Station Cape Cod to awaiting EMS.
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“This case is a perfect example of why safety equipment is so important,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joaquin Alayola with the First Coast Guard District Command Center. “We located the sailing vessel Arabella because he had a properly registered EPIRB and a multitude of safety equipment aboard. The master was also wearing a lifejacket which facilitated his rescue.”
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