A sailor was found dead Sunday after being pitched overboard from a disabled sailboat when the craft was bumped by a cargo ship attempting to rescue him and two comrades.
The man, who was in the water overnight wearing a life jacket, was dead by the time he was taken aboard a Navy helicopter, said Coast Guard spokesman Brandon Brewer.
He did not know the cause of death. The water temperature was 67 degrees, he said.
The captain of the sailboat Ankh was injured during a voyage from Bermuda to the ship’s home port in Rhode Island, and the ship’s engine was disabled, leaving two inexperienced passengers who were unable to continue without help, Brewer said.
They activated an emergency beacon Saturday about 450 miles east of Cape Henry, Va.
Names of the Ankh’s captain and passengers were not released. Christians protest against rock band Richmond, Va.