Coast Guard assists disabled sailing vessel 150 miles offshore Monterey, Calif.

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Coast Guard crews assisted a Singlehanded TransPac Race sailing vessel 150 miles offshore of Monterey, Calif., Sunday.

A solo sailor in a disabled sailboat arrived safely in Monterey Harbor Tuesday morning after being assisted by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hawksbill and by the crew of a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Monterey.

The case began when watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center received a distress call at approximately 4:30 a.m. Sunday from the operator of the 30-foot sailing vessel Domino. The man reported that he had lost rudder control and was adrift approximately 150 nautical miles west-southwest of Monterey Bay.

Hawksbill, based in Monterey, was dispatched to the area to locate the Domino, ensure the operator was safe and take the Domino in tow toward Monterey. The 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew met the vessels at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning as they entered Monterey Bay. The 47-foot motor life boat crew took over the tow at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning while the Hawksbill returned to base.

“Thankfully the Domino’s operator was well equipped with rescue and survival gear, that include a life raft, emergency positioning-indicating radio beacon, multiple flares and a satellite phone, which were required by the race organizer,” said Capt. Greg Stump, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander. “The operator’s ability to communicate greatly aided the Coast Guard in locating the vessel to provide timely assistance.”

The Domino’s operator was participating in the Singlehanded TransPac Race; a race that started Saturday in San Francisco and ends in Hanalei, Hawaii.

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