US Coast Guard saves five, assists four during sailing regatta off Jamestown, Rhode Island

BOSTON — The Coast Guard rescued five people from their 32-foot catamaran Saturday after it capsized during a regatta off Beavertail Lighthouse, Rhode Island.

The local police department called watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England at around 1 p.m., reporting the catamaran capsized, and five people were in distress. The officer reported another 32-foot catamaran disabled with a broken mast and four people aboard.

Coast Guard Station Castle Hill launched two 45-foot response boat crews. When the first boat crew arrived on scene, they found two people in the water wearing life jackets and three still aboard the capsized vessel. The crew brought all five survivors aboard and put the vessel in tow en route to Dutch Harbor.

The second boat crew arrived at the catamaran with the broken mast where a nearby vessel had already taken it into tow. The Coast Guard crew escorted both vessels safely back to port.

No injuries were reported.

The seas are reported to be about five feet with 15 knot winds. 

– US Coast Guard

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