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Dismasted offshore, awaiting rescue

A distressed mariner, whose 60-foot long sailing vessel was dismasted approximately 85 miles northwest of Palmyra Atoll near Hawaii, was rescued Tuesday.

James Blackford was rescued by the crew of the motor vessel Global Explorer, a vessel registered with the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System.

Blackford reported the vessel had been taking on water when his vessel was dismasted and later reported the flooding stopped.

Blackford was reportedly in good condition with no medical concerns. His vessel, the Makalii, was left behind and adrift.

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