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Coast Guard rescues seven from sinking sailboat.

Posted December 9, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— Coast Guard helicopter crews plucked six men and a woman from 12-foot seas Monday as their schooner sank off North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Five people, including the 125-foot boat's captain, were rescued by the first Coast Guard helicopter that reached the scene at about 8:20 a.m. They were treated for mild hypothermia at a clinic at the Coast Guard's air station at Elizabeth City.

They were identified as ship owner and captain Yale Iverson, 58, of Des Moines, Iowa; Edmond Lowson, 32, Berkeley, Calif.; Chris Grandi, 20, Norfolk, Va.; Rebecca Grandi, 23, Norfolk; Paul Weinstein, 30, San Francisco;

Harold Finney, 62, Alexandria, Va., and Keith Boyer, 25, whose hometown was not released, were rescued five hours later and taken to Ablemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City as a precaution.

``One was a little hypothermic. The other just wet and cold,'' said Petty Officer Harry Craft in Elizabeth City.

The Alexandria was on its way to Beaufort.

All seven were wearing life jackets when they abandoned the boat at about 7:45 a.m. Two dogs that had been on the sailboat were not found.

The sailboat reported by radio about 6:30 a.m. that it was taking on water, said Petty Officer Stephen Baker in Portsmouth, Va. The sailboat was almost submerged in rough seas about 50 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras when it was found at about 8 a.m.

A private ship and a passenger jet assisted the Coast Guard's search effort.

The Alexandria had engine problems on Sunday and had been repaired with the help of a U.S. Army tugboat engineer.

``The engine was repaired and it was making its way under its own power,'' Baker said. It was unclear if the boat had developed the same engine trouble Monday, he said.

Until recently, the sailboat's home port was Alexandria, Va., but it had recently been sold, Baker said.

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