Cruise line helps Coast Guard in sailboat rescue

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A Coast Guard helicopter crew, with assistance from the cruise ship Carnival Breeze, rescued two men 15 miles east of Elliot Key, Fla., on Sunday.

The Coast Guard received a report that the 28-foot sailboat Gretchen Joy had two people aboard, one suffering heart problems and the other sick because of inclement weather.

In a well-coordinated effort, the Carnival Breeze assisted the Coast Guard in hoisting the stricken sailors to safety while a TowBoat US boat took the abandoned vessel in tow.

“This medevac exemplifies the great working relationship the Coast Guard has with both the commercial assistance providers and the cruise ship industry,” Capt. Chris Scraba, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Miami, said in a statement.

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