5 boaters rescued from sailboat after its mast broke 200 miles off North Carolina coast


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The US Coast Guard responded to a sailboat in distress after the boat's mast broke 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina on Friday. (Jan. 31)

MANTEO, North Carolina — The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued five people from a sailboat after the boat's mast broke about 200 miles off the coast of North Carolina.

A statement from the Coast Guard says watchstanders at a command center in Portsmouth, Virginia, were notified Friday afternoon that the 55-foot catamaran Rain Maker suffered a broken mast in 40 mph winds and 13-foot seas. It occurred about 200 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

A helicopter crew was able to hoist all five boaters from the damaged sailboat. The Coast Guard says the boaters were taken to Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo in good condition.

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