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TWO RESCUED FROM BOAT NEAR SABA

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Two people were rescued early Thursday morning after their sailboat broke from its mooring and drifted from Water Island to Saba Island, southwest of St. Thomas, during the night.
Don Jeffrey of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary said a rescue swimmer brought from Puerto Rico by Coast Guard helicopter took Hugh Macintosh and an unidentified colleague from the vessel Monroe first to Saba Island and eventually to a rescue vessel as part of the mission that began around 2 a.m. and ended at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
Jeffrey, the vice commander of the USCG auxiliary flotilla, and Klaus Willems launched the rescue mission on board Willems’ vessel, Pelican, after being notified of the boat adrift by the Coast Guard in San Juan.
Once Macintosh and his companion were aboard, and the helicopter had retrieved the rescue swimmer, Pelican began the journey back to St. Thomas. When the boat reached the Coast Guard dock on St. Thomas around 7:30 a.m., relatives of those aboard the Monroe were waiting.
The Monroe, thought to be a total loss, was left aground in shallow water just off Saba Island, Jeffrey said.
"We were not able to determine the extent of the damage the vessel suffered," he said, "but it was taking a beating in the heavy surf out near Saba." He estimated the sailboat’s value "at well over $100,000."

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