Coast Guard Rescues Man And Wife Off Coast Of Mexico

ALAMEDA, Calif. — A 54-year-old man and his wife were rescued off of the coast of Mexico Wednesday evening by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman and Coast Guard air assets.

At approximately 5:54 p.m. Wednesday the Cutter Sherman received a mayday call from a woman stating that her sailing vessel had lost steering control and that her husband had fallen overboard in the 10 foot seas. The woman stated she had thrown a liferaft into the water after she was unable to spot him.

The Sherman launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter that was onboard the cutter, and a C-130 aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento was launched to assist in the search.

The Sherman located and rescued the woman from the sailing vessel quickly,

At approximately 10:55 p.m. the HH-65 crew spotted the strobe light from the life raft.

The man had been able to locate the deployed raft and climb into it until he was rescued by the Sherman, approximately 10-15 miles from his original location.

The woman was able to help save her husband because they had the proper equipment onboard (radios, flotation devices, signaling devices), and she able to remain calm and accurately relay her position to the Coast Guard.

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