Coast Guard rescues man from grounded vessel near Hearst Castle

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
LOS ANGELES – The Coast Guard saved a man after his sailboat ran aground near Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, in San Simeon, Calif., Thursday at approximately 5 a.m.

The man operating the 32-foot sailboat contacted the Coast Guard via cell phone after the ship’s mast broke and rendered the marine band radio inoperable at approximately 3 a.m.

A Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco helicopter rescue crew was launched and recovered the man by lowering a rescue swimmer to the damaged vessel.

Once the man was aboard the Coast Guard rescue helicopter, he was brought to an awaiting emergency medical crew at approximately 5:10 a.m.

He had no reported injuries.

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