RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued at least one person from a sinking sailboat off the coast of North Carolina Monday, it said.

The incident was reported Monday and involved Coast Guard ships and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Elizabeth City, according to a Tuesday news release from the Coast Guard.

The rescue happened in 20 mph winds and seas up to 6 feet about 74 miles off the coast of Beaufort Inlet, the news release said.

U.S. Coast Guard photos
U.S. Coast Guard photos

Because of rough seas, the helicopter was unable to deliver a pump to the sailboat.

The two Coast Guard boat crews eventually towed the boat for a combined 10 hours to shore.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane from Elizabeth City was also deployed to the scene.

No information on those rescued was released.