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December 12, 2017 4:20 am EST
Location: 33.436N 77.743W
Wind Dir: WSW (240°)
Wind Speed: 21 knots
Wind Gust: 27 knots
AT Ps: 29.89 in (1012.2 mb)
Air Temp: 61°F (16.3°C)
Dew Point: 47°F (8.2°C)
Water Temp: 63°F (17.2°C)

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COAST GUARD RESCUES THREE, RESPONDS TO FOUR VESSELS IN DISTRESS

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., flight crews rescued three people this morning and are responding to three other cases off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

An HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew hoisted three people from the sailboat Seaker at approximately 7:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Diamond Shoals. The air crew will transport the the three rescued to Air Station Elizabeth City where medical crews are standing by.

The Seaker was in 40-knot winds and 16-foot seas at the time of the rescue.

In addition to the Seaker rescue, there are three people in a makeshift life raft about 160 nautical miles east of Cape Hatteras in 34-foot seas. They were aboard the sailboat Lou Pantai when rough seas and heavy winds forced the three sailors to abandon ship. A Coast Guard C-130 airplane is flying over them until a helicopter arrives to hoist them.

Coast Guard crews are also responding to two sailboats in distress southeast of Cape Hatteras.