SAN DIEGO – U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued two men aboard a stranded sailboat off the Point Loma coast Tuesday night.
During a training flight, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from San Diego was alerted when they saw flares from their 38-foot sailboat approximately 1.5 miles south of Point Loma at 8:45 p.m.
The aircrew went to investigate the flares and saw the two men aboard the sailboat waving their arms.
The Jayhawk crew lowered a rescue swimmer to the boat that had lost the ability to steer, had no means of communication and no anchor, according to USCG officials.
[protected-iframe id=”1b6289f99f85f451468284b7a4880f82-41640027-41313372″ info=”http://www.dvidshub.net/video/embed/372160″ width=”500″ height=”300″ frameborder=”0″ style=”border: none; overflow: hidden; width: 500px; height: 300px;” scrolling=”no”]
A 45-foot Response Boat crew from Station San Diego launched to assist the boaters. A crew aboard a Coast Guard response boat towed the sailboat to Shelter Island in San Diego Bay around 11:30 p.m.