2 men rescued from crippled sailboat


U.S. Coast Guard crews rescue two people from a disabled sailboat Nov. 4, 2014. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

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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.

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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.

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