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SD Coast Guard assisting in yacht rescue

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP)- The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued two injured sailors from a yacht that was hit by a monster wave while participating in an around-the-world race.

Petty Officer Caleb Critchfield says a rescue boat reached the battered yacht about 200 miles off the coast and transported the sailors to a Coast Guard cutter.

A spokeswoman for the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race says the two were being treated aboard the cutter and will receive additional medical aid when the vessel reaches San Francisco Bay.

The injured are a 50-year-old woman who may have suffered broken ribs, and a 29-year-old man with a possible pelvic strain.

Race officials say the nearly 70-foot Geraldton Western Australia was hit by a large wave Saturday, knocking out its steering mounting.

Two others suffered minor injuries and will continue sailing to San Francisco Bay.


SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The US Coast Guard is working to help a crew of distressed boaters competing in a race around the world.

A San Diego-based Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to assist in the rescue about 400 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

News 8's Doug Kolk files this video report from the Embarcadero with what's holding them up.

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