Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Old Man Rescued At Sea With His Dog
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.