JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --The Coast Guard and the Navy confirmed that the two disabled mariners who were sailing aboard vessel Vicarious are scheduled to arrive at Morning Star Marina early Wednesday morning.
A crew from Coast Guard Station Mayport and a Navy helicopter crew began assisting the two people stranded 12 miles east of the St. Johns River entrance in Jacksonville Tuesday evening.
The Coast Guard was notified of the two people, ages 68 and 72, drifting aboard the disabled 37-foot sailing vessel Vicarious, around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The two were exhausted due to a four day travel, but neither of the mariners reported any injuries, according to the Coast Guard.
Coast Guard crews arrived on scene at 6:55 p.m. and attempted to tow the vessel but couldn't due to severe weather conditions including 20-25 knot winds and eight-foot seas.
A Navy helicopter crew was diverted and arrived on scene at 7 p.m.
An 87-foot Coastal Patrol Coast Guard boat was launched and will assist with towing operations.
For more information contact the Coast Guard 7th District Public Affairs Detachment North at 305-318-1864.