Three kids among those saved from sailboat hours before Tropical Storm Ophelia landed

Five people, including three children, were rescued from dark and stormy North Carolina waters late Friday night, hours before Tropical Storm Ophelia made landfall.

Two adults and three children, ages 4, 7, and 10, were aboard a 38-foot sailboat in Lookout Bay at Cape Lookout, but the boat’s owner said dangerous conditions forced it into the narrow channel. I decided that it was not comfortable and reported it. Call the North Carolina Coast Guard for help from your cell phone. According to the press release.

At that point, 10-foot-high waves and 40-mph wind gusts were rocking the moored boat.

At 6:15 a.m. the next morning, a powerful tropical storm made landfall on Emerald Island, just a few miles from Lookout Bay, bringing 110 mph winds and rough seas.

The 45-foot response boat used parachute flares to navigate the narrow channel and reached the anchored catamaran just before 9 p.m.

Video shared by the U.S. Coast Guard shows part of a rescue effort to rescue five passengers on a yacht in treacherous waters off North Carolina as Tropical Storm Ophelia approaches. .
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All five passengers were taken on board and no one was injured.

helicopter, Seen in a video posted by the Coast Guardwhich assisted in a daring late-night rescue and provided light from above to help return to station.

The group safely arrived at the station at 10:22 p.m.

Fox weather map showing tropical storm warning due to Tropical Storm Ophelia.
A tropical storm warning has been issued from North Carolina to Delaware due to Tropical Storm Ophelia.
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The sailboat remains anchored and will be inspected by local salvage crews after Tropical Storm Ophelia passes, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

North Carolina officials declared a state of emergency Friday due to the storm.

The National Hurricane Center warned that some areas were expected to experience storm surges more than 6 feet high, causing life-threatening flooding.

FOX weather map showing a map of rip currents along the East Coast due to Tropical Storm Ophelia.
Tropical Storm Ophelia is heading north through North Carolina, bringing strong winds, coastal flooding, and life-threatening rip currents.
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Ophelia’s influence was felt across the Outer Banks on Friday.

The region experienced flooding and widespread power outages on Saturday as rain and strong winds were expected to continue into the weekend.

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