Patchogue (WALK) - They were headed from Long Island to the Caribbean, but they didn't quite make it.
Four people were rescued Tuesday from a 42-foot sailboat that became disabled in the Atlantic Ocean after leaving Long Island. The four crew members of the Be Good Too were hoisted to safety aboard a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter about 300 miles off the shore of Virginia.
A Coast Guard spokesman says they first received the distress call on Monday, but waited until morning for the rescue mission.
"We spoke with the Be Good Too crew and based on the forecasted weather, they decided they were willing to depart their vessel around 5 p.m. Monday," said Matthew Brooks, a Coast Guard 5th District Command Center command duty officer. "We did not want to conduct a transfer at night due to the risk of the mission and the fact that the crew was not in immediate distress."
After deciding it was too risky to send in a Coast Guard cutter, due to the Be Good Too's distance from shore, they decided on an air rescue. A Coast Guard helicopter refueled aboard the USS Ross, a Navy destroyer that had been dispatched to the area to assist, before bringing the sailboat crew safely back to shore at the Coast Guard Air Station at Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
No injuries were reported.
The Be Good Too was on its way from Long Island to the British Virgin Islands when it wound up disabled and adrift in the Altantic Ocean. The crew members who were rescued have not been identified.
Photo: U.S. Coast Guard