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Bad weather slowing Coast Guard efforts to tow sailboat

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Coast Guard says crews are working to rescue five people aboard a disabled sailboat about 30 miles southeast of Bald Head Island.

Trevor Miller of the Emmanuel, a 63-foot sailboat, contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center watchstanders at approximately 9:15 p.m. Thursday, requesting assistance due to the sailboat losing power. The Coast Guard dispatched a 47-foot motor life boat from Coast Guard Station Oak Island to assist.

The MLB crew arrived on scene with the Emmanuel at approximately 5:45 a.m. and began towing the sailboat. Due to the 14-foot sea state and winds in excess of 30 knots, the MLB crew was only able to tow the sailboat at a speed of two knots.

A second MLB crew from Station Oak Island got underway at approximately 8 a.m. to relieve the first crew from their tow. The second MLB took over the tow at approximately 11:30 a.m.

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