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Four rescued from overturned yacht off North Carolina coast

Four people were rescued from an overturned catamaran off the coast of North Carolina on Saturday.

Officials from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City say the 60-foot yacht overturned about 140 miles southeast of Wilmington, after both their port and starboard side hatches broke -- leading to catastrophic flooding which forced them to abandon ship around noon.

They were found near the boat in a covered life raft and rescued by a helicopter crew.

There were 35 miles per hour winds at the time and seas of 11 to 12 feet.

The Moon Dragon is a yacht that operates charters between the Mid-Atlantic and the Virgin Islands.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to