Coast Guard rescues 5 from sailboat in Gulf of Mexico

May 8, 2022 GMT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Five people were rescued from a disabled sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

News outlets report that the 36-foot sailboat put out a distress call Friday afternoon because of a broken mast. The vessel was located about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Mobile. No one was injured. The sailboat was towed to shore over the weekend.

Scott Talbot, a search and rescue mission coordinator for the Coast Guard’s District Eight, said the sailboat’s GPS and distress signaling gear allowed the boat to be located and for those aboard to be rescued.