The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two American sailors Friday, after their sailboat ran aground about 25 miles north of Gibara, Cuba.
The 39-foot boat had left Puerto Rico May 18 and was en route to Key West when it ran aground, sustaining significant damage, according to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District.
The Coast Guard was notified of the grounding via distress signal from the boat’s Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, and dispatched an MH-60 helicopter to save the sailors stranded on the sailing vessel Boxer in Bahamian waters. The sailors were picked up and transported safely to Matthew Town, Great Inagua, in the Bahamas.
“This case highlights the tremendous importance of having the proper lifesaving equipment on board,” said Lt. Cmdr. Gabe Somma, Coast Guard 7th District public affairs officer. “This critical piece of boating equipment likely saved the lives of these two sailors.”
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The sailors were not identified.