A Bloomington, Indiana, couple were among four people rescued by the US Coast Guard this week from a disabled sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean about 300 miles east of Cape Henry, Virginia. A representative from the manufacturer of the Be Good Too, a 42-foot sailboat, contacted the Coast Guard at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday, reporting the Be Good Too was disabled and adrift during its transit from New York to the British Virgin Islands.
Photo: A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew lands at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., after rescuing four people from a disabled sailboat, Jan. 14, 2014. The sailboat lost rudder control 300 miles east of the Virginia coast. [Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert]
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District watchstanders determined that responding with a Coast Guard cutter was not feasible due to the distance offshore. Coast Guard personnel then contacted U.S. Fleet Forces personnel requesting a Navy vessel to assist the Coast Guard in their response. The USS Ross, a 505-foot guided missle destroyer, diverted course to provide a refueling platform for a Coast Guard helicopter.
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District watchstanders dispatched crews aboard a Jayhawk helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., at approximately 6:20 a.m. Tuesday to assist.
The Jayhawk crew landed on the USS Ross to refuel at approximately 7:30 a.m. and then proceeded to the location of the Be Good Too.
The Jayhawk crew completed their hoist of the four people aboard the sailboat at approximately 9:15 a.m., refueled aboard the USS Ross and took Gunther and Doris Rodatz, of Bloomington, and two others onboard the sailboat, to the air station.