The Coast Guard rescued two exhausted and seasick sailors Tuesday morning 133 miles southeast of Charleston.
Justin Mckenna and Gabriella Sajardo, both 35, reported around 7:12 a.m. Monday that they were all right but had grown tired while sailing their 38-foot boat, the Sea Heather, in bad weather on the Atlantic Ocean, Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Soto said in a statement.
A crew on an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., flew out to the vessel Monday night to communicate with the duo, Soto said.
A commercial tug boat, the OSG Horizon, had been waiting with the sailors for the Coast Guard cutter to arrive.
The 87-foot Cutter Tarpon then picked up the sailors around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and started towing their boat to Charleston, Soto said. The cutter was expected to arrive in Charleston Wednesday morning.
Dave Munday contributed to this story. Reach Andrew Knapp at 937-5414 or twitter.com/offlede.