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Man and dog rescued from disabled sailboat by U.S. Coast Guard

Man and dog safely aboard Coast Guard helicopter with Petty Officer 2nd Class James Johnson.

A 77-year-old man and his dog were rescued Monday by the U.S. Coast Guard from their disabled sailboat in the Pacific Ocean about 120 miles west of Ensenada, Mexico.

A ham radio operator in Stonewall, Texas, had heard a Mayday call from the sailboat shortly after noon and relayed the call to the Coast Guard. The 30-foot sailboat had no propulsion, food, water or safety equipment, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard dispatched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from San Diego and a C-130 Hercules plane from Sacramento.

A rescue swimmer was lowered from the helicopter as it hovered near the disabled sailboat. The man and his dog were hoisted aboard the helicopter.


Coast Guard rescues family stranded on boat off Santa Barbara

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Man and dog safely aboard Coast Guard helicopter with Petty Officer 2nd Class James Johnson. Credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class Henry G. Dunphy

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"...The 30-foot sailboat had no, food, water or safety equipment.."

This is the kind of stuation where the dimwit should be forced to reimburse the Coast Guard for rescue expenses, plus he should have his boat impounded so he won't do this again.

It appears from the article that the boat was left adrift. Good news for whoever finds it.


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