6 Annapolis-bound sailors rescued from boat off N.C.

April 03, 1997

Six people were rescued yesterday off Cape Hatteras, N.C., after spending more than 24 hours stranded on a sailboat that was on its way to Annapolis.

The Sea Wolf, a merchant ship, apparently lined up with the Alegra, a 34-foot sloop, and the six people were able to board the Sea Wolf, the Coast Guard said. The sailboat's home port is Annapolis, the Coast Guard said.

The Sea Wolf and another merchant ship attempted Tuesday night to transport the six from the Alegra, but 25-foot seas and 40 mph winds stopped them, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard monitored the scene with a C-130 Hercules aircraft, which dropped a VHF radio to the Alegra, which was powerless, to set up communications. The sailboat, owned by a Potomac man, did not take on water and had a functioning generator, the Coast Guard said. The sailboat had sent a distress signal at 2: 30 a.m. from 280 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras.

Repair work to begin soon on Ritchie Highway project

Work on a $1.3 million project to replace the crumbled median strip and install left-turn lanes along Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park from Ninth Avenue to the Baltimore line will begin this month or early in May, according to state Sen. Philip C. Jimeno, a Democrat who represents Brooklyn Park.

The safety improvement project will reduce the number of lanes from six to four to allow the addition of left-turn lanes.

The project, the second part of a three-phase effort to improve older neighborhoods and infrastructure, is funded through The Department of Transportation Directed Growth and Neighborhood Conservation Project.

Pub Date: 4/03/97

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