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Coast Guard rescues sailor off coast of Baja

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A sailor was rescued after his sailboat somehow became disabled off the coast of Baja California, the U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday.

The sailor had left San Diego Nov. 1, bound for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Allyson Conroy of the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard received a call from the friend of the sailor Friday night, saying he had received a telephone call from his friend that said "Emergency, emergency" and nothing more.

Another phone call came in on Saturday morning that included geographic coordinates of the sailor, Conroy said. The Coast Guard sent the cutter Mellon to the location, and the man and his boat were found floating about 160 miles southwest of San Diego.

The Mellon launched a small-boat crew to take the man aboard safely. His abandoned boat was marked as a hazard to navigation, Conroy said.

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