Helicopter rescues sailor from boat crash by Piedras Blancas

January 10, 2014

helicopterA U.S. Coast Guard helicopter rescued a sailor who crashed his boat into rocks near Piedras Blancas Lighthouse early Thursday morning. [Tribune]

The sailor was a middle-aged man sailing alone from the Bay Area to Morro Bay in a 32-foot fiberglass boat with a diesel engine. He allegedly mistook Piedras Blancas for San Simeon Point and crashed into rocks just north of the lighthouse around 3 a.m. Thursday.

The crash snapped the boat’s mast and disabled the radio.

The sailor used his cell phone to call 911, prompting the Coast Guard to send a rescue helicopter from Alameda. Around 5 a.m., the helicopter arrived at the scene and lifted the sailor from his boat to shore in about 10 minutes.

The sailor did not suffer any injuries.

 


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  1. Cindy says:

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