Canadian ships dispatched to rescue storm-battered racing yachts

HMCS Charlottetown returns to port in Halifax in this Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 file photo. Charlottetown is one of three Canadian ships that has been dispatched to rescue three sailing yachts stranded in the mid-Atlantic. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

By Daniel Otis, CTV News, June 9, 2017 

Rescue mission for stranded yachts

Canada has dispatched several ships and planes to assist in a daring ocean rescue of three racing yachts that are being hammered by a massive storm in the mid-Atlantic.

According to Major Rhonda Stevens, who is overseeing the operation through the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, two Canadian Coast Guard vessels, one naval ship and two Air Force planes have been dispatched to the scene, which is nearly 1,700 kilometres east of Newfoundland. Portugal has also sent a military aircraft.

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