OREGON INLET, NC--The Coast Guard rescued two people Sunday aboard a 43-foot sailboat that was disabled and adrift around 17 miles east of Oregon Inlet.

Crewmembers aboard the Cimarron contacted the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina by radio at around 8 p.m. Saturday reporting they had lost their rigging and were adrift.

The Coast Guard Cutter Block Island, a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Atlantic Beach, and a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet responded.

The Motor Life Boat arrived first early Sunday morning and placed the boat in tow. The Block Island arrived and took over the towing because of hazardous weather conditions. on scene at approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday and placed the boat in tow.

The Block Island towed the boat to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel where a towboat U.S. crew took over the tow.

There were no reports of injuries.

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