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Rescue attempt underway for injured on yacht off San Francisco

April 1, 2012 |  8:39 am

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A Coast Guard helicopter from San Diego is scheduled Sunday morning to lower a rescue crew to help injured persons aboard a 67-foot yacht several hundred miles off San Francisco, officials said.

The MH-60 Jayhawk is part of a complex rescue operation that began when the Coast Guard received an emergency request from a maritime center in the United Kingdom on Saturday morning.

The center reported that a large wave had caused a steering failure aboard the yacht, named the Clipper Venture 6. Of the 13 people on board, three were reportedly injured.

The yacht is part of a 10-vessel around-the-world race that began in the United Kingdom, with stops in Qingdao, China, and San Francisco, and, after a transit through the Panama Canal, a stop in New York.

Involved in the rescue are the Coast Guard cutter Bertholf from Alameda, an HC-130 Hercules search-and-rescue aircraft from Sacramento, and a parajumper rescue team from the Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing.

An attempt to drop Air National Guard parajumpers near the yacht Saturday night had to be canceled because of high winds and waves.

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Photo: An MH-60 Jayhawk. Credit: Coast Guard

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