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EUROPE > Eight rescued from French-flagged yacht in Aegean

ATHENS - The Associated Press

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The Greek coast guard has rescued eight people from a 60-meter French-flagged yacht which suffered mechanical failure in gale-force winds off the coast of the Aegean island of Skyros.

The coast guard said two Air Force helicopters and a Navy frigate, as well as coast guard vessels and four commercial ships headed to the assistance of the yacht, registered as Yogi, after its captain sent out a distress signal Friday morning. The captain said the yacht was taking on water and he had ordered the ship to be abandoned.

All eight people on board were rescued. There was no immediate information on their nationalities.

February/17/2012

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