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Video: Coast Guard Air Station E-City assets rescue sailors 300 miles off Virginia

Sailors adrift off the Atlantic coast, bobbing in rough seas, had one hope: Coast Guard Search & Rescue.

This raw video footage from Coast Guard public affairs was captured by air crewmen out of CG Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Fifth CG District and edited and produced by Coast Guard Petty Officer David Weydert.

Here is Weydert’s summary: A crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., rescued four people aboard a 42-foot sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 300 miles east of Cape Henry, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. Due to the distance offshore, the Jayhawk crew had to land aboard the USS Ross, a 505-foot guided missile destroyer, to refuel before and after hoisting the four people aboard their helicopter. The four people were taken to Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. with no reported injuries.

Watch the video here:

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Neil W. McCabe is the editor of HE's "Guns & Patriots" e-letter and was a senior reporter at the Human Events newspaper. McCabe deployed with the Army Reserve to Iraq for 15 months as a combat historian. For many years, he was a reporter and photographer for "The Pilot," Boston's Catholic paper. He was also the editor of the free community papers "The Somerville (Mass.) News and "The Alewife (North Cambridge, Mass.)." Email him: Follow him on Twitter: @neilwmccabe.