Dramatic Video: Heroic Helicopter Rescue by the Cape Cod Coast Guard Near Long Island
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Please forgive me for being so cliche right now, but seriously, this video I've attached along with screenshots is truly like something straight out of Hollywood.
However, with eight real lives at stake, it gives you the chills to watch this video and the extreme and challenging conditions in which this rescue took place from dusk into complete darkness with just searchlights.
The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod crew had to make a daring rescue, battling wind and rough seas in the Long Island Sound after a group of injured sailors traveling from Bermuda to Connecticut issued an SOS via text message. The video was posted on the U.S. Coast Guard Northeast Instagram and Facebook pages.
According to U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, this was the only way the sailors could communicate after the wave damaged their sailboat.
These four sailors aboard a 39-foot sailboat called the Calypso were in the rough waters southwest of Cape Cod, 80 nautical miles from Montauk, New York, when their sailboat was severely damaged by a “rogue wave" according to the USCG Northeast Instagram post.
Coast Guard officials say that the wave ripped the masts from the sailboat, leaving the Calypso and its crew stranded. Here's the riveting video.
Check out this comment on the post from one of the medical professionals who had a role in this rescue.
As the Paramedic who responded to Grabreski Air Base and transported the most critical patientcan honestly say, you guys did an amazing job. The patients are going to make full recovery’s due to your heroism!!!