Coast Guard rescues two aboard sailboat

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The Coast Guard rescued two people aboard a sailing vessel approximately 24 miles off the California coast on Tuesday morning.

At 8:39 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders were notified by an operator aboard a container vessel, Horizon Enterprise, of an orange smoke flare. Once on scene, the operator of the Horizon Enterprise discovered a man aboard a 30-foot yellow-and-white sailing vessel waving his arms and yelling for help.

The 48 year old man and 13 year old boy were stranded without communication after his radio became inoperable after he reportedly fell Monday night and injured his leg and hip.

“We had no direct communications with the sailboat, which made this a difficult case because we had little information to provide to the boat and helicopter crews,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kristy Neumann, Sector Humboldt Bay search-and-rescue controller.