Coast Guard assists in rescue of crew of dismasted boat 350 miles southeast of Cape Cod

The Coast Guard helped to rescue four Canadian sailors after their boat lost its mast 350 miles southeast of Cape Cod, a spokeswoman said.

The Coast Guard command center in Boston received a distress call around 5:30 p.m. Sunday from Le Romarin II, a Canadian boat en route to Quebec from the Carribbean, said Myeonghi Clegg, the spokeswoman. It was not immediately clear what had caused the boat to lose its mast, she said.

After receiving the initial distress call from Le Romarin II, the Coast Guard scrambled a jet and located the crippled boat, Clegg said. An attempt to lower a radio to the crew and establish communication failed. The Coast Guard sent out a call for a nearby ship participating in the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System to help, she said.

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The MSC Chicago, a 1,040-foot private cargo ship, answered the call and rescued the sailors around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

They are being transported to the MSC Chicago’s next port of call in Italy, where they will be able to catch a flight to Canada, Clegg said.

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