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Coast Guard helicopter rescues merchant seaman off San Diego

August 4, 2012 |  9:30 pm

A Coast Guard helicopter crew from San Diego rescued a merchant seaman Saturday who had been burned aboard a container ship 30 miles off San Diego.

The crew of the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter reached the motor vessel Jupiter after receiving a distress call about a 55-year-old man who had been burned while putting out a fire. The man was airlifted to San Diego and taken to a hospital for emergency care.

No one else was injured by the fire aboard the Jupiter, which is en route to Mazatlan, Mexico.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: The burned seaman is lifted aboard the Coast Guard helicopter. Credit: Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy