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RORC Caribbean 600 winners rescued after yacht struck by lightning 

Sailors rescued by Coast Guard in east of Bermuda after struck by lightning in the Atlantic Ocean.

Coast Guard responded to an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) from the two sailors on the 19-foot French Racing Yacht Sogestran Seafrigo LHOR One at  6 p.m. on Sunday, and  send an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Elizabeth City to help the boat and  alerted other nearby ships using the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER).

The  plane arrived at the boat  1726 miles east of Bermuda around 4:45 a.m.

The Frio Ionian crew arrived at 10 a.m. and were able to rescue two men from the Sogestran Seafrigo LHOR One.
The two mean said that their boat started taking on water after a lightning strike reportedly cause a hole in the hull.

The yacht was returning to France after finishing first at the Royal Ocean Racing Club Caribbean 600 Class 40 in Antigua.

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