Rescue Launched for Sailboat Caught in Hurricane Julio About 400 Miles From Oahu

HONOLULU (TheBlaze/AP) — A rescue effort is underway to reach three people aboard a sailboat that got caught in Hurricane Julio about 400 miles northeast of Oahu.

This image provided by NOAA taken at 2 a.m. EDT Friday Aug. 8, 2014 shows Hurricane Julio, on the right, with a well-defined eye. (Image source: AP/NOAA)

The Coast Guard said it’s coordinating the rescue of the 42-foot sailboat Walkabout.

The sailors sent a message Sunday morning requesting help after the boat became disabled and took on water in rough seas. One of the hatches blew away and onboard pumps can’t keep up with the flooding.

The vessel’s life raft was also blown overboard.

Their distress call was sent to the International Emergency Response Coordination Center in Texas, which contacted the Coast Guard.

An aircraft was launched to deliver a life raft to the sailors, and a 661-foot container ship was diverted from its route to the location of the sailboat.