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Two injured sailors rescued from yacht off San Francisco coast

Braving waves that at times reached 20 feet, U.S. Coast Guard boats were able to reach a 67-foot yacht hundreds of miles off the San Francisco coast Sunday and rescue two injured sailors.

A large wave had apparently caused the yacht, the Clipper Venture 6, to have a steering failure some 400 miles off the coast on Saturday evening and the crash reportedly injured three people aboard.

A total of 13 people were aboard the yacht when the wave struck and harsh weather prevented rescuers from reaching them by helicopter, said Petty Officer Barry Bena.

Bena said that on Sunday a small boat was launched from a larger vessel about 270 miles off the coast; they brought two injured sailors back to the larger boat.

Bena would not release any details about the nature of those who were injured. The yacht is part of a 10-vessel around-the-world race.

-- Ari Bloomekatz

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