Three Swedish sailors were rescued from a sailboat names AELA 1,200 miles off Cape Cod Saturday, according to the Coast Guard. The 32-foot sailing boat became disabled and dismasted. The sailors traveled from the Bahamas to Bermuda and made a last-ditch attempt to reach the Azores.
The Hong Kong-flagged tanker Alpine Melina, responding to the distress notification, was vectored to AELA’s position by the Coast Guard and recovered the three men from the disabled boat early Sunday. The three sailors are in good condition.
The rescued men will stay aboard Alpine Melina until the ship’s next port of call in Mexico, where the survivors will embark flights home to Sweden.