NEW YORK — Six people, including four Coast Guardsmen, were hoisted by helicopter Friday from a disabled yacht in a harrowing Atlantic Ocean rescue in 10-foot seas and high winds.
A fifth Coast Guard member, injured during the search and rescue operation, was also airlifted to safety.
"It's quite a storm," said Robert LeValley, a spokesman for the Coast Guard. "The seas were too heavy to transfer the crewmen to a towing vessel."
Two helicopters were sent out from the Coast Guard air station in Brooklyn for the rescue, which took place about 130 miles off the coast, the spokesman said.
A 49-foot motorized yacht, the Skivvy Waver, with two crew members aboard, ran into trouble Thursday about 240 miles east of the entrance to the Delaware Bay.