Coast Guard goes far offshore to aid sailboat

Person onboard the Canadian trimaran Ishmael gets unexpected South American trip.

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The U.S. Coast Guard aided a sailboat taking on water in rough seas late last Wednesday. — Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard via Facebook

The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft 330 nautical miles east of Cape Cod to aid a sailboat taking on water in rough seas and windy conditions late Wednesday night. 

The sailboat, a 36-foot trimaran from Canada named Ishmael, was piloted by one person, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Zachary Hupp. The Ocean Sentry crew deployed communication equipment life rafts and a supply bag to that person, whose name has not been disclosed. 

As the rescue efforts continued into Thursday morning, the Coast Guard directed its 270-foot cutter Forward to come to the Ishmael’s assistance, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Nicole Groll. Responding to an urgent marine information broadcast, or UMIB, the bulk carrier Virtuous Striker redirected to the Ishmael’s coordinates and rescued the person before the Forward arrived, Groll said. However, the Virtuous Striker had to stick to its overall course, Groll said, therefore the boater will disembark at a port in Colombia.