ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. -- The Coast Guard has rescued two people from a disabled sailboat in Albemarle Sound in eastern North Carolina.
The Coast Guard says a couple on a 26-foot sailboat called for help late Tuesday afternoon after losing power. They were concerned the boat might capsize in the 3-to-5 foot seas with winds gusting more than 20 mph.
The Coast Guard station at Elizabeth City sent a 25-foot boat and the Oregon Inlet station sent a 47-foot boat to search. Currituck County 911 operators were able to give an approximate location for the call and the boat was found shortly before 7:30 p.m.
The Coast Guard was unable to tow the sailboat because of the weather but did take the man and woman to emergency medical responders at the Alligator River Marina. The couple suffered only minor injuries. Their names were not released.
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