Containership picks up sailor missing for 66 days (with VIDEO)

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) — The Coast Guard medevaced a man who was located on a disabled sailing vessel Thursday approximately 200 miles off the North Carolina coast.

Watch standers at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received notification from the 1,085-foot, German-flagged motor vessel Houston Express at approximately 1:30 p.m., indicating they spotted a man and the vessel approximately 200 miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and took him aboard.
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., at approximately 3:40 p.m. The helicopter crew met the Houston Express, hoisted the man and transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, arriving at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The man, 37-year-old Louis Jordan, and the sailing vessel Angel were initially reported missing by his family to the Coast Guard Jan. 29.
The Coast Guard will conduct a debrief with Jordan.

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By Professional Mariner Staff