Coast Guard assists sailboat, injured crewman

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
SAN DIEGO — U.S. Coast Guard crews from San Diego, Sacramento and Warrenton, Ore., assisted a disabled sailboat with an injured crewman approximately 10 miles off Mission Bay during the Islands Race, Saturday.

The 33-foot sailboat Mile High, based in San Diego, contacted the Coast Guard via VHF-FM marine radio channel 16 around 3 a.m., requesting assistance after the boat lost the ability to steer due to a failed rudder.

The crew also requested assistance for a 69-year-old crewman who had fallen into the cockpit and received minor injuries.

A Coast Guard C-130 Hercules airplane from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento was diverted to monitor the vessel and the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast was dispatched to assist the sailors.

The Steadfast launched their small boat with medical personnel to assess the injured crewman. The crewman was treated and was reportedly in good condition.

A Coast Guard Station San Diego 45-foot response boat crew was launched to tow the Mile High to port. The crew towed the disabled boat toward San Diego, but had to release the tow due to weather conditions.

The response boat crew remained on scene while other mariners delivered replacement parts to the Mile High. The Mile High crew made the needed repairs and made their way to Southwestern Yacht Club where they safely moored around 2 p.m.

45-foot Response Boat-Medium. U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Henry G. Dunphy.

45-foot Response Boat-Medium. U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Henry G. Dunphy.

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