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

March 21, 2011 |  7:54 pm

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.

ALSO:

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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